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Getting people interested in the next Mars mission October 23, 2010

Posted by Simon in Uncategorized.
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Previously I discussed some of the ways that the life on Mars controversy might end, and I mentioned the Mars Science Laboratory mission that NASA is launching next year. Among the mission objectives listed here, the one of interest to this blog is “Identify features that may represent the effects of biological processes”. Note the “may” in that phrase; it’s not there by accident!

If you’re interested in these sorts of things, NASA have set up a webcam looking into the clean room where technicians are assembling the rover; the live feed can be found here. They’re working 8am – 11pm PDT, Monday to Friday – for those here in Brisbane, that equates to 1am – 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Another initiative to get the public interested is the “send your name to Mars” program, details here. My kids did something similar for the recent Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission and were fairly excited to think about their names flying around the moon.

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