Young scientist crosses fingers for Mars rover

Ryan Anderson’s graduate work helped researchers select Curiosity’s landing site in Gale Crater

By Nadia Drake, 17:25 PM August 1, 2012

On Sunday night, NASA will attempt to land its newest, biggest rover in a massive crater on Mars — and if everything goes well, Ryan Anderson will get to find out whether he’s right or wrong.

Anderson’s studies of Gale Crater played a crucial role in helping scientists decide where to land the $2.5-billion Curiosity rover. Choosing Curiosity’s parking spot on the Red Planet involved whittling down dozens of candidate sites, based on what scientists guessed the rover could tell them about the e...

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