MarsNews.com
December 22nd, 2003

Langley makes biggest contribution yet to Mars mission The Virginian-Pilot

More than half of the exploratory missions to Mars have failed. But a team of engineers at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton is rooting hard for Spirit to land safely on the Red Planet Jan. 3. After all, they designed much of the spacecraft. It will all come down to the last six minutes, the period when Spirit

August 5th, 2003

Langley’s plane is not Mars-bound The Virginian-Pilot

NASA Langley’s unmanned airplane will not soar across Mars. In a phone call Monday morning, scientists at Langley Research Center in Hampton learned that the ARES plane was not chosen as part of the Mars Scout mission, possibly because of the Columbia shuttle disaster. “I’m really shocked and disappointed that it’s not ARES,” said Joel S. Levine, principal investigator for the Mars airplane. “They did point out the reason we weren’t selected was due to circumstances beyond our control, in part, NASA’s growing concern with reducing risk.”