Engineers Mike Passaretti and Lee Carlson give us a tour of Honeybee Robotics
, a lab that built parts for Curiosity. Mike and Lee spent the last eight years, on and off, designing, building and testing a device called the Sample Manipulation System, a carousel that shuttles samples the rover collects to science stations. It's a central component of Curiosity's toolkit for analyzing Martian dirt and rock -- Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM)
. What's it like to build something that ends up on another planet? Intense.