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Melissa Rice

Melissa Rice

Melissa Rice is an associate professor of planetary science at Western Washington University. Her research specialties are space exploration and planetary geology, and her work is currently funded by NASA's Curiosity and Mars-2020 rover missions.

Perseverance’s first major successes on Mars – an update from mission scientists

By: and - October 12, 2021

In the short time since NASA’s Perseverance rover landed in Mars’ Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021, it’s already made history. At the moment, Mars and the Earth are on opposite sides of the sun, and the two planets cannot communicate with each other. After working nonstop for the past 216 Martian days, the science […]