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School Children Will Help Drive Next Mars Rover Reuters

A new U.S. mission to Mars will let school children help operate a robotic rover as it rolls over the red Martian surface, former astronaut John Glenn announced Thursday. The Mars Surveyor 2001 mission, set to launch in 2001, will allow student “astronauts,” living in a simulated Mars base on Earth, to assist in manipulating the rover on Mars, according to Glenn, a former senator.