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Mountain View's NASA Ames Research Center played major role in rover landing on Mars

Original post made on Feb 20, 2021

After launching nearly six months ago, NASA's Perseverance Rover finally landed on Mars on Thursday and Mountain View's NASA Ames Research Center played a big part in making it happen.

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Posted by Midtowners
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 20, 2021 at 5:26 pm

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So exciting! My dad, Sherwood Chang, was Chief of the Exobiology Branch at NASA Ames Research Center for many years and worked on the first Mars missions (Viking 1975/76) as well as the Apollo Lunar Science Program. I remember big excitement in our Palo Alto home when he got an emergency call to fly to Houston in the middle of the night to investigate movement detected by the Viking Lander!

He says they first started thinking about how to make this lander and taking Martian soil samples to analyze and return way back then in 1976. We're so lucky to have Ames Research Center, on the leading edge of science and exploration, right in our own backyard. Congratulations to the generations of scientists who carried the work forward to this stunning accomplishment!


Posted by Not Good Enough
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2021 at 5:56 pm

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So interesting to hear of Sherwood Chang, Palo Altan.
A "3AM" phone call to grab a flight to Texas to investigate inexplicable movement on Mars? Are you kidding me? Who get's those kinda calls? Superman? Batman? No - Sherwood Chang, Amazing Scientist!
Congratulations to all involved in this project. I sure hope I'm around in the 2030s to see what's in the soil samples - fingers crossed, it's LIFE.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 20, 2021 at 6:12 pm

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YEAH! Congratulations to all for a fantastic achievement.


Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Feb 22, 2021 at 2:26 pm

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Thank you soooooooooooo much NASA Ames Research people for your years of hard work, and for your incredible contributions to our world! Hope I'll still be alive in 10 years when those rocks are returned to earth from Mars. That will be so exciting!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! :)


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