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UNLV professor tapped for Mars mission

Posted at 9:18 AM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 21:34:03-04

NASA is getting ready to launch its Mars 2020 rover mission, and a UNLV professor is helping with new discoveries.

Geoscience Professor Libby Hausrath is one of 15 scientists from around the world who were asked by NASA to help design and carry out the mission.

For the first time ever, rock and soil samples will be brought back to Earth from Mars. The professor will help select which samples the rover will grab.

Professor Hausrath says she expects the rover will find something the team doesn't expect at all, specifically because Mars has surprised scientists on every mission.