San Diego Represented on Mars

Local scientists help land NASA’s Curiosity Rover on Mars Sunday night

By Lauren Steussy
|  Sunday, Aug 5, 2012  |  Updated 10:50 AM PDT
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Six local scientists will join NASA Sunday on an extremely ambitious mission – landing a robot on planet Mars. Some of those scientists an SDSU alumni. NBC 7's Chris Chan reports.

Six local scientists will join NASA Sunday on an extremely ambitious mission – landing a robot on planet Mars. Some of those scientists an SDSU alumni. NBC 7's Chris Chan reports.

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San Diego Represented on Mars

San Diegans are playing an important role in the NASA rover that will land on Mars this Sunday. NBC 7 reporter Chris Chan talks to Mike Clapinger from Malin Space Science Systems about the exciting opportunity.
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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.

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