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Mars rover scientists ready to get to work

Monday, January 5, 2004

With Spirit landing safely on Mars Saturday night the NASA and the USGS Astrogeology team of scientists at the Pasadena mission headquarters are in high spirits. In a landmark moment, the small space rover landed on the surface of the Red Planet -- beginning what scientists hope to be a time of great discovery. "Our mood couldn't be better," said Lisa Gaddis, chief scientist for the Flagstaff team. "We're now all happily settling down to (hopefully) many weeks of working on Mars."

More: Arizona Daily Sun - Flag scientists ready to work

Link: USGS Astro - Mars Exploration Rover Project

Link: JPL - Mars Exploration Rover Mission

Link: USGS Astro - Mars Pathfinder and 2003 Rover Missions