The November 2011 Newsletter article “Yes We Do Science Missions” introduced the ARES team members participating in the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. Add two more to the list.
Paul Niles and Dorothy Oehler were individually selected as MSL Participating Scientists on the basis of their strong proposals to the highly-competitive MSL Participating Scientist Program sponsored by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Their selections bring the total number of ARES members on the MSL mission team to 10. All will be active in several aspects of the mission, including daily rover operations.
For both Paul and Dorothy, their research will utilize the unique analytical tools onboard the MSL rover, in particular its capability for detecting organics, to contribute to the mission’s quest of assessing the potential for life on Mars, past or present.