Look to the Stars -- some good news to contemplate. Melissa Rice, a researcher at our university, Western Washington University, tells our readers about the Mars launch in which she is participating. Brad Johnson, Dean, College of Science and Engineering at Western wrote, “We are so excited that Western’s Mars Lab, led by Dr. Melissa Rice, is part of this groundbreaking experience to explore the geology of Mars. This mission will deepen our understanding of the red planet, set the stage for future missions, and may even uncover signs of life." The lift off to Mars took place on July 30 as part of NASA’s Perseverance Rover launch!
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Today is also the anniversary of the birthday of Maria Mitchell, (born August 1, 1818, Nantucket, Massachusetts, U.S.—died June 28, 1889, Lynn, Massachusetts), first professional woman astronomer in the United States.