Was there life on Mars?
Prestigious UA mission launches this week to seek answer
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
One hundred years ago, a pioneering astronomer at the University of Arizona posed space exploration’s fundamental question: “Is Mars inhabited?” Andrew Ellicott Douglass asked in a scientific paper published in 1907. “Shall we not someday have an instrument capable of answering this?”
Someday could begin Friday, when a spacecraft loaded with UA-designed equipment roars toward the red planet looking for evidence of life. The flight marks the first time a public university has led a NASA mission, and is a pinnacle for the UA’s space-science programs.
UA scientists peering at distant worlds and into the universe’s darkest ages come from the fields of astronomy, geology, optics, biology, chemistry, physics, atmospheric science and engineering.