Curiosity beyond Earth - The Western Front

January 16, 2015 4:57 AM

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Curiosity beyond Earth - The Western Front

As the sun rises and 8 a.m. gleams on her clock, Melissa Rice prepares for the next eight hours of her day. Rice’s agenda for the day includes conference calls with scientists from around the world, as well as planning for the future of the Mars rover: Curiosity.

Rice is not only an assistant professor in the geology department – since 2012, she has been a part of a team of scientists who have made decisions for the Curiosity rover on Mars. About three to five times a month, Rice analyzes photos from the rover and discusses with other scientists what the rov...

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