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Melissa Rice

Melissa Rice

Melissa Rice

Dr. Rice earned a PhD at Cornell University's Department of Astronomy, the longtime academic home of Carl Sagan. She currently works on the MSL Curiosity mission and the MER Opportunity missions at Caltech.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

The Eyes of a New Mars Rover: Mastcam-Z

February 21, 2018 • 49:31

Mat Kaplan attended a meeting of the science team for the zoom lens camera that will be atop the Mars 2020 rover mast. Planetary Scientist Jim Bell tells us how this new system will show us the Red Planet as we’ve never seen it before.

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In Memory of Spirit, and Why Cuteness Matters

June 15, 2011

An analysis of "cuteness," and why it matters when talking about science.

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