UH scientists jazzed about Mars trip Honolulu Star-Bulletin

University of Hawaii planetary scientists are relieved and elated that NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft is orbiting around the Red Planet. “We are eagerly awaiting the first data coming back,” said Peter Mouginis-Mark, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology professor and researcher. The spacecraft’s successful orbit late yesterday after traveling 93 million miles through space was cheered after two previous NASA satellites to Mars failed. “We’re just really excited about getting access to some of the data sets,” Mouginis-Mark said. The two instruments aboard, a thermal infrared camera and a gamma ray spectrometer, will be tested in the next month but real data isn’t expected until about New Year’s, he said.