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Published November 02, 2012, 04:42 PM

Concordia professor analyzes data from NASA's Mars rover

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- News from Mars is "all in a days work" for a Concordia College professor who is part of NASA's Mars Rover team here on earth.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) -- News from Mars is "all in a days work" for a Concordia College professor who is part of NASA's Mars Rover team here on earth.

Concordia's Heidi Manning is part of the world wide team that analyzes data that comes in daily from Curiosity. It has given scientists a quick peak at how Mars lost much of its original atmosphere.

The so called, "SAM instruments", point to Mars' loss of atmosphere as a significant factor in the evolution of the planet.

Dr. Heidi Manning, Concordia's physics professor, says, "that is a big thing is to try and understand we have a lot of evidence there was water on mars where did it go, what happened to to it did it go into space there is evidence there is still a ot of water."

Up next will be some exciting news about soil samples taken and what that reveals about Mars.

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