Ida and Dactyl 2003
millennia, Mars has held a fascination over Mankind. The fourth
planet from the Sun, Mars is also the seventh largest planet in
the solar system. Its soil has a high amount of iron oxide (rust),
giving the planet its characteristic red colour (Mars is also known
as the Red Planet); it's because of its colour that ancient astronomers
decided to name it Mars, after the Roman god of war. The first spacecraft
to visit Mars was Mariner 4 in 1965. Several others followed including
Mars 2, the first spacecraft to land on Mars and the two Viking
landers in 1976. Ending a long 20 year hiatus, Mars Pathfinder (below)
landed successfully on Mars on 1997 July 4.
for the 2001-2002 OCESS mission to Mars were Alex Ghosh, Leigh Honeywell,
Yi Yuan Zhou, John Fernandez, Kevin Williams, and Kelly Elarde.
log for the 2001-2002 mission to Mars can be accessed here.
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