November 15th, 2000

MSU, tribal colleges explore Mars Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The Browning area is internationally known for consistent winds. The Fort Peck Indian Reservation has a “tremendous” number of sunlit days. So why not take advantage of those strengths and help the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) explore energy sources for Mars while fortifying ties between Montana State University and the state’s tribal colleges? That’s what Hugo Schmidt and William Nichols thought when they proposed a project to investigate wind energy on Mars, says Gary Bohannan, project instructor and doctoral student in physics.