Student Astronauts Have Mars Spirit

NASA scientists aren’t the only folks poring through the near-constant stream of data coming form the Spirit rover on Mars. An international team of students, sponsored by the non-profit Planetary Society and LEGO Company, is trying its hand at planetary science, working out of NASA’s rover mission control in rotating weekly shifts. The effort is part of the society’s Red Rover Goes to Mars Project to offer hands-on experience to students interested in space science.