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November 21, 2004

"UA student controls Mars rover cameras from a downtown warehouse"

From a warehouse in downtown Tucson, a University of Arizona student shows scientists and the world what lies on the surface of Mars.

Nicole Spanovich controls the cameras on Opportunity, one of NASA's twin rovers that has collected data for nearly a year from about 50 million miles away. "I love the work," said the 22-year-old senior astronomy major. "This has become my life. I get up in the morning, and I go to work where I point the cameras on Mars." UA's only undergraduate working on the Mars Exploration Rover program, Spanovich is one of four women and six undergraduates around the world working on it. Her work highlights the prospects for women in science and the major role UA plays in the nation's exploration of the solar system... Full story here

--> Tucson Citizen, November 20, 2004, www.tucsoncitizen.com/breaking/112004mars.html