NMSU Astronomer Analyzes Mars Rover Landing Sites SpaceDaily

As telescopes around the world focus on Mars because of its historic nearness to Earth, two NASA spacecraft are hurtling toward the Red Planet to look for evidence that it might once have been wet enough to sustain life. New Mexico State University planetary scientist Jim Murphy is among the scientists working to ascertain the safety of the landing sites for the two Mars Exploration Rovers that are scheduled to land in January 2004.