The small Mars chamber is a partially automated environmental chamber system, allowing automated simulation of the martian surface environment. It is 0.7 m in diameter and 1.2 metre in length, capable of testing large instruments/structures and exposure of large biological samples (-70°C to 110°C at 6mbar, CO2/N2 atmosphere).

The key capability of this chamber is the ability to automate pressure and temperature, allowing thermal cycling tests to be easily performed. In addition, it can also be used for DHMR sterilisation tests, providing sustained temperatures of >110°C for continuous periods. The chamber also has illumination ports for a dedicated lamp source which provides simulation of martian UV conditions. The chamber also has illumination ports for a dedicated lamp source which provides simulation of Martian UV conditions.

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