Melissa Rice

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Perseverance rover landing on Mars, and it has been quite a year of discovery. Western Today caught up with Associate Professor of Planetary Science Melissa Rice, who worked the Martian night shift to guide and monitor the rover during its first two…

For the next few weeks, Mars and Earth are on "in conjunction" - on opposite sides of the sun, meaning that the work being done by the Mars rover Perseverance, and all the scientists who monitor its daily work including Western's Melissa Rice - are finally getting their first real break since…

In the short time since NASA’s Perseverance rover landed in Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021, it’s already made history.

At the moment, Mars and the Earth are on opposite sides of the Sun, and the two planets cannot communicate with each other. After working nonstop for the past 216…

Perseverance and the Martian Clock

What is “Mars Time”? Are you excited about machines flying on another planet? Or Martian rocks coming back to Earth?

If you are curious about spacecraft on the Red Planet then check out our Season 7 Premiere featuring…

“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…

“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…

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