Steve Sqyres wins Carl Sagan Award

Steven Sqyres, the principle investigator (PI) of the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, both now past the 2,000th Martian day in their 90 day missions, has won the Carl Sagan Award for public outreach from the American Astronomical Society.

The mission is unusual in opening up its data to people directly through the web. At the moment, with Spirit trapped in the Martian red dust, a ‘Free Spirit’ campaign typical of the type of thing the mission team comes up with, has been running.

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