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Purdue professor is part of the NASA Mars mission team that helped land the rover on Thursday

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Purdue professor is part of the NASA Mars mission team that helped land the rover on Thursday
Purdue professor is part of the NASA Mars mission team that helped land the rover on Thursday

One Purdue professor has ties to the Mars rover mission and is celebrating right along with NASA on a successful landing.

Ties to the mars rover mission and is celebrating right along side nasa on a sucessful landing.

(bry-uh-nee) briony horgan is a purdue university associate professor of planetary science .

She led mineralogy research for the mission, and her team's important finding on the (yeh- zeh-row) jezero crater led nasa to select it as the rover landing site.

Horgan also was part of a team that designed some of the scientific instruments for the rover.

Horgan says while the landing is exciting there is a lot of work that lies ahead.

"on the science side we will be figuring out where we landed and what that means in terms of what our first couple of months of driving will look like and where we will go.

So we have a lot to do a lot of work to do starting tonight.

Horgan said the team started planning their first week of operations tonight at 9:45.

She is on the camera team and will be focusing on getting the rovers cameras up and running so they can send picture from mars back to earth.

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