Melissa Rice

Researchers at Western Washington University are working with NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars to analyze the rocky surface with technicolor images. 

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover has been exploring the surface of Mars since it landed in the 96 mile-wide Gale…

On the edge of Cidade de Deus, or City of God, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most infamous neighborhoods, Western assistant professor of Geology and Physics/Astronomy Melissa Rice spent a week this summer teaching young students about space exploration and the importance of science and education…

One’s a sci-fi writer who’d never, ever, fly in space. The other’s a NASA scientist who won’t rule out a trip aboard a rocket ship.

But in a sense, both of them have been to the Red Planet – and they took many space enthusiasts with them.

Among those who spoke was Melissa Rice, an assistant professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University, who…

Curiosity, the Mars rover that Western’s Assistant Professor of Geology Melissa Rice helps to operate, sends her a 360-degree image of the Planet’s desolate landscape every morning.

As if seeing brand-new images from another planet isn’t amazing enough, the new…

The Red Planet is no longer the forbidden planet. Despite its inhospitable environs, Mars is the most explored planet in our solar system because of what earthlings are driven to find there; life, or evidence thereof. There are currently seven spacecraft missions roving on Mars, with seven more…

Did you know that Western has its own monthly student-produced TV show, Western Window? It airs on local cable channel KVOS, Bellingham cable access channel BTV10, and online via Western's own YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/wwu. In this episode, hosted by the Alumni Association'…

For a long time, Melissa Rice's big dream was dance. She wanted to be a ballerina ever since she saw "The Nutcracker" at four years old. In high school, she danced three hours a day at the Pacific Northwest Ballet. “And it got to the point where my friends who were continuing…

Astrophysics' new LIGO-enabled paradigm for exploring the universe, the latest findings of the Mars rovers, and bioinspired robotics are just a few topics in optical engineering to be featured at SPIE Optics + Photonics in August.

More than 3,000 reports on the latest in research and…

Some of the world’s top Mars scientists will gather in Bellingham to share the latest scientific results from the Red Planet and preview NASA’s next generation Mars rover mission at an all-ages community event at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 27 at the Mount Baker Theatre.

The…

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