CORVALLIS, Ore. (KMTR) -– The Mars rover Curiosity landed safely on the Red Planet Sunday night and two Oregon State University scientists helped with the mission’s success. Jeff Barnes and Daniel Tyler have been working to model Mars’ atmosphere for the past several years and shared their knowledge with NASA.
Curiosity is much larger than its predecessors and has more advanced research tools. Researchers will look for clues on the rover’s two-year mission to hopefully uncover whether life ever existed on Mars.
Now that the rover has arrived at its destination, Tyler says he’ll go back to some other Martian research he put on the back burner when NASA called.