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Associate Professor of the UNLV to participate in the historic mission to Mars | Local



LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – An UNLV adjunct professor will join a historic mission to Mars to find evidence of life on the red planet.

Dr. Libby Hausrath teaches Earth Sciences at the UNLV and specializes in how rocks interact with water. Her research caught the attention of NASA and she was hired to join a 10-member science team that decides which samples will be used for studies on Mars. The Mars 2020 mission is the first time that a sample of rocks and earth has been returned from Mars to Earth. It's also the first time a rocket has been fired from any planet other than Earth and the Moon.

In July 2020, NASA will send a rover to the Jezero Crater of Mar, an old, dry lake. If there was life on Mars, a lake and the rocks left behind would show that.

While the rover starts next year, it will not land on the red planet until February 2021

. The exact return date of the samples is still undetermined, but it could take a few more years.

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