Mission to Mars:
Darby Dyar Plays Major Role in Analyzing Rover Data
Photo: Paul Schnaittacher
Darby Dyar, associate professor
of astronomy and geology.
These days you can't
pick up a newspaper or turn on the television without seeing
the latest photographs from the Mars Exploration Rover Mission.
Darby Dyar, Mount Holyoke associate professor of astronomy
and geology, has more than a passing interest in the Mars mission.
As the nation's leading expert in Mössbauer spectroscopy
of minerals, a procedure for identifying and analyzing the
mineral composition of rocks, she is playing a critical role
in analyzing the data collected by the rover. Ultimately, these
findings will help solve mysteries as profound as the origins
of life, and whether we earthlings are alone in the universe.
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