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Validair Supplies Airborne Particle Counter for the Study of Soil Samples from Mars

publication date: Sep 6, 2021
author/source: Validair Monitoring Solutions Limited



Was there life on Mars? Amongst the excitement of space missions to the Red Planet, successful landings and the deployment of the Mars Rover, it’s easy to forget that the vital analysis of samples retrieved from the surface will take place here, on our Blue Planet.

In preparation for the return of soil samples, the University of Leicester has designed a new double-walled isolator to provide a super-sterile research and analysis environment, protecting the invaluable Martian material from earthly contaminants. That protection will be constantly monitored by a TSI AeroTrak 9110-01 Airborne Particle Counter supplied by Validair Monitoring Solutions Ltd.

The entire Mars project looks to the future, in more ways than one. With these extra-terrestrial exploration projects spanning many years, planning is crucial. Even though soil samples from the surface of Mars are not expected back on Earth for 10 years, the new isolator, its instruments including the Validair APC, and the research facilities will be ready and validated. Some of the students at the University’s Space Park working on project preparations today will be fully qualified research scientists by the time the analysis process begins. At that point, we can expect to be closer to answering the question: was there life on Mars?


About Validair Group

Validair Monitoring Solutions Limited provides expertise in the supply and installation of bespoke continuous monitoring and critical alarm systems for life science cleanrooms, healthcare facilities, laboratories, food processing areas, aerospace and automotive manufacturers, storage and distribution centres, and any critical controlled area or equipment. The company is headquartered in Malvern, Worcestershire, with associated test & certification business operations delivered by its sister company, Validair (Euro) Limited (t/a Validair Diamond Scientific) in Darlington. Validair is a Gold Standard channel partner for TSI Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of particle counters and environmental monitoring software.



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