WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-One Purdue professor has ties to the Mars rover mission and is celebrating right along with NASA on a successful landing. Briony Horgan a Purdue University Associate Professor of Planetary Science. She watched the landing intently as the rover landed Thursday afternoon on the surface of the red planet. She led mineralogy research for the mission, and her team's important finding on Jezero Crater led NASA to select it as the rover landing site. Horgan also was part of a team that designed some of the scientific instruments for the rove. Horgan says while the landing is exciting there is a lot of work that lies ahead.
"For the mission, we will be on the camera team," said Horgan. "We will be trying to get our cameras up and running we have to get mast lifted up off the deck it's currently down on the deck so we can't see anything without our big beautiful cameras yet so we have to get that up and going in the next couple of days and get our first images back. On the science side, we will be figuring out where we landed and what that means in terms of what our first couple of months of driving will look like and where we will go."
Horgan said her team's first shift for planing the future of their operations started Thursday night at 9:45 PM.