- uploaded: Jul 28, 2012
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On August 6, the Mars Science Lab (MSL), one of the most complex science laboratories ever built, is expected to touch down on the surface of Mars and begin sending data back to Mission Controlâ€“â€“which will, in turn, send that data to a lab on the Mount Holyoke campus.
MHC professor of astronomy Darby Dyarâ€“â€“who will watch the landing from Mission Control at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadenaâ€“â€“will be working with other scientists to provide expertise and support to daily mission operations. Sheâ€™ll also work with MHC students to identify the composition of rocks and soil sent to Earth by the missionâ€™s rover, Curiosity, which will carry the MSL over the planetâ€™s surface.