Mapping a Mission to Mars: GIS Aids in Planning the Terrestrial Phase of Mars Science Laboratory Mission

Mission planners at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) hugged, hollered, and high-fived when the most sophisticated scientific instrument in the history of interplanetary exploration gently landed on the desert planet this past August. The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), a compact car-sized rover designed to roam an ancient impact …

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