Antwerp Diamonds Conquer Mars

World News
24/02/2021 08:01

Belgian-based company Almax easyLab, a company specialized in producing super precise polished diamonds for high-tech scientific applications, is playing an instrumental role in the recent NASA mission to Mars. They have polished the natural diamond, sourced via Antwerp, the world’s leading diamond hub, that is used in a spectroscope, a device that enables the search of signs of life on Mars, on board of NASA’s Mars-Rover robot Perseverance.

The project is not the only space application where Belgium’s exquisite polishing expertise is instrumental. On behalf of the University of Hasselt (Belgium), the company has also polished diamonds for the Oscar-Qube, technology that allows to measure magnetic fields in low earth orbit, which will be on board of one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets, to be launched in August in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) mission to the International Space Station (ISS).