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  • Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
03/28/2012 18:01:00

Caltech Legend Robert Sharp Honored by Mars Rover Team

If all goes as planned, NASA's next Mars rover will touch down on the Red Planet in August near the foot of a towering mountain of tremendous geologic interest. Unnamed until now, the three-mile-high layered mountain has been dubbed "Mount Sharp" by the international science team of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. The name is a fitting honor for the late Caltech geologist Robert P. Sharp (BS '34, MS '35), who himself had a towering reputation and made lasting contributions to our understanding of the processes that alter the surfaces of planets.

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Written by Kimm Fesenmaier