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Roving the red planet

RPI dean shares Mars curiosity

Laurie Leshin (second from left), along with NASA colleagues, celebrating the Curiosity landing. (photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Laurie Leshin (second from left), along with NASA colleagues, celebrating the Curiosity landing. (photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
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As a young girl trying to determine her future, Laurie Leshin was constantly looking up and down. Down at the numerous rocks scattered around the Arizona countryside and up at the millions of stars in the night sky of the American Southwest. Then in June 1976, 10-year-old Laurie picked up the family’s latest issue of Time magazine and was amazed to see images from the surface of Mars taken by Viking 1. It wasn’t an ...


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