Six local scientists will join NASA on what’s being called its most ambitious mission yet – landing a robot on the planet Mars.
The $2.5 billion Curiosity Rover mission project was made possible in part by researchers and scientists who attended SDSU. The alum are participating in tasks ranging from mechanical engineers to a spacecraft navigator.
Jordan Evans, for example, studied aerospace engineering at SDSU and will be in master control when the rover lands on Mars Sunday night at about 10:30 p.m.
Mark Ryne received his bachelor’s degree in astronomy and has worked at NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory in Pasadena for 25 years.
The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will be showing a live stream of the Mars Rover Landing on Sunday, in addition to other Mars-themed events throughout the weekend.