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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…

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…

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,…

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,…

When viewers on Earth see images from NASA’s Perseverance rover after it lands on Mars Thursday, Feb. 18, they’ll be looking at the Red Planet partly through the eyes of a Western Washington University…

When viewers on Earth see images from NASA’s Perseverance rover after it lands on Mars Thursday, Feb. 18, they’ll be looking at the Red Planet partly through the eyes of a Western Washington University…

Op-ed by Melissa Rice, associate professor of planetary science at Western and a member of NSAS's Curiosity rover and Perseverance rover science teams

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