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Students To Participate In World's First Marslink Mission

A team of local elementary, high-school and college students will participate in the world's first Marslink Mission on Tuesday, October 17, at Clarkson University’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP). Dana M. Barry, technical writer at CAMP, is organizing the event

The team will include students from Clarkson University, St. Mary's School in Canton, Norwood-Norfolk Central School, and Ansted University in Malaysia.

Marslink is the educational component of the Mars Global Surveyor Mission. It was created by Space Explorers Inc., in cooperation with the Planetary Society and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

Through Marslink, students learn about the Martian environment and make discoveries right along with mission science teams as they seek answers to questions about Mars. The mission includes the following three phases: educational materials and mission preparation; mission simulation and the linking of students via the Internet to the NASA spacecraft to receive live data from Mars; and access and analysis of data being accumulated by the Mars Global Surveyor mission and future missions.

Two thousand teams from around the world are expected to participate.

The event is sponsored by the Northern New York Section of the American Chemical Society, of where Barry serves as an officer. Barry, a certified professional chemist, organized the world's first Moonlink and NEARLink Missions at Clarkson in 1998.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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