UNR scientist picked for Mars exploration team The San Diego Union-Tribune

A researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno has been chosen to participate in next year’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission. Geophysics professor Wendy Calvin was one of 28 scientists chosen for the project by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, out of 84 who applied. “It’s really exciting to have a real mission looming in the works and get a chance to work with flight hardware and surface operations,” Calvin told the Reno Gazette-Journal. Calvin said she has analyzed data from previous Mars missions, but this will be the first time she has been a member of a mission’s science team. When the rover lands, possibly in January or February 2004, Calvin said the team will be required to be at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for about four months during the entire surface mission.