Rover control shifts to Ithaca The Ithaca Journal

Getting to drive two rovers on Mars all the way from Ithaca is a dream come true for Cornell University’s Steven Squyres. “It’s home,” Squyres said of Ithaca. Principal investigator and lead scientist for the NASA-funded Mars Exploration Rover project, Squyres moved back to Ithaca in September after spending about eight months steering the mission from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. — the mission’s headquarters.