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“We developed Mastcam-Z for a rover going to a spot on Mars that hadn’t been selected yet, so we had to design it with all the possibilities in mind—the optimal set of eyes to capture the geology of any spot on Mars,” says Melissa Rice, a planetary scientist at Western Washington University and…

NASA celebrated the successful landing of its Perseverance rover on the surfaces of Mars on Thursday. Now, the real work begins, as the rover begins its search for signs of life on the planet’s surface, with the aid of Western Washington University planetary geologist …

NASA celebrated the successful landing of its Perseverance rover on the surfaces of Mars on Thursday. Now, the real work begins, as the rover begins its search for signs of life on the planet’s surface, with the aid of Western Washington University planetary geologist …

As NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars Thursday, researchers at Western Washington University became the eyes of the world.

"It feels surreal," said Melissa Rice, professor of planetary science at Western. "We're asking the big question. Are we alone in the universe?"

Rice…

As NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars Thursday, researchers at Western Washington University became the eyes of the world.

"It feels surreal," said Melissa Rice, professor of planetary science at Western. "We're asking the big question. Are we alone in the universe?"

Rice…

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in grants and research at Western Washington University.

Andrew Weitz secures WRF fellowship to research climate…

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in grants and research at Western Washington University.

Andrew Weitz secures WRF fellowship to research climate…

WWU's Melissa Rice talks about what the day has in store for the Perseverance rover team as it prepares to land on Mars.

WWU's Melissa Rice talks about what the day has in store for the Perseverance rover team as it prepares to land on Mars.

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Geology Melissa Rice is going to be working nights for the next three months.

Martian nights.

Rice, who is a science team member of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission that lands on the Red Planet on Thursday, Feb. 18,…

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