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UT professor part of team to work with latest Mars rover

11:43 PM, Nov 25, 2011   |    comments
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A UT professor is joining a team of scientists that are hoping to learn more about life on Mars. 

Professor Jeff Moersch is part of a team which will work with the latest Mars rover, Curiosity, which will launch into space Saturday morning at the Kennedy Space Center.

Just two days ago, Moersch found out NASA selected him to take part in the mission. He said it will take about eight months for the rover to reach the surface of Mars. 

Then, Moersch and others at NASA will interpret data coming from the rover to decide if the planet can support microscopic life or if it could in the past. 

Moersch will be among the VIP's to watch Curiosity launch on Saturday morning. "We came here because we wanted to see a Mars shot anyway and it turned out to be lucky I got accepted just beforehand," said Moersch. 

This is the sixth Mars mission that Moersch has participated in. The launch is set for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.

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