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Dr. Lourenco Bandeira (postdoc researcher) has been collaborating with The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

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The CERENA postdoc researcher Dr. Lourenco Bandeira has been collaborating with Dr. Robert Craddock, a geologist at the Center for Earth and Planetary, National Air and Space Museum, The Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA. The objective of their collaborative work consists in the development a computer algorithm capable of characterizing particles in digital microscopic images. The software will be applied both to Terrestrial images obtained from a microscope as well as images obtained from the Martian surface using instruments on lander missions, including the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) onboard the Curiosity rover. The information extracted about the characteristics of individual particles have the ultimate goal to help scientist determine how sedimentary deposits were emplaced on Mars (e.g. wind, water or ice).

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