Monday, August 6, 2012

We're there! And now it's time for SCIENCE

We landed!  It couldn't have been better or more successful!  Nothing (!!!) went wrong, except the A/V system in the Science Discussion room was stuck in "show NASA TV" mode from the landing.  We could still talk, though!

I finished my shift as Long Term Planner at 9:30 in the morning.  I went home and immediately fell asleep for 9 long hours.  I woke up just in time to watch the sunset.  In reading my e-mail, I've learned that we got a lot more data while I was out.  I'm eager to get back in, see where we landed, and dive back into the science.

UCDavis compiled a list of links to media coverage of me, which Louise sent around.  Here's that list:

Outlet: BBC News
Title: Gale Crater: Geological 'sweet shop' awaits Mars rover
Publication Date: 08/03/2012
Summary: BBC News interviews geology professor Dawn Sumner about the Mars rover mission: "I am confident we will learn amazing new things. Some of them will be answers to questions we already have, but most of what we learn will be surprises to us."
Unique Visitors Per Month: 8,696,910

Outlet: Nature
Title: Crater Mound a Prize and Puzzle for Mars Rover
Publication Date: 08/03/2012
Summary: Many researchers have differing theories regarding the formation of the mysterious Mount Sharp on Mars, but Dawn Sumner is not concerned with these differences. "That's what the mission is for," she says. "We have a million different opinions among 250 people."
Unique Visitors Per Month: 1,862,094

Outlet: Sacramento Bee
Title: Mars Rover Success Could Lift Future Missions
Publication Date: 08/05/2012
Summary: The Sacramento Bee interviews Dawn Sumner about the Mars rover mission: "It will be an adrenaline rush, but I tend to be an optimist." As co-investigator, Sumner is in charge of culling information from data sent back from the rover. "We will be looking for rocks that are 3 billion years old," she said.
Unique Visitors Per Month: 1,158,680

Outlet: Sacramento Bee
Title: Video: UC Davis Professor Dawn Sumner Speaks About the Mars Rover Mission
Publication Date: 08/05/2012
Summary: Before the Mars rover "Curiosity" landed on the planet Sunday night, UC Davis professor Dawn Sumner discussed its mission and landing.
Unique Visitors Per Month: 1,158,680

Outlet: Davis Enterprise
Title: UC Davis Scientist Prepares for Mars Rover Landing
Publication Date: 08/05/2012
Summary: Geology professor Dawn Sumner will spend the first four "Martian" days as the "long-term planner" of the Mars rover team, coordinating the first scientific interpretations of what is seen when the rover lands and helping make daily decisions about Curiosity's activities.
Unique Visitors Per Month: 17,332

Outlet: KCOP-TV
Title: Fox News at 11
Air Date: 08/05/2012
Summary: Fox 11 was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California where UC Davis geologist Dawn Sumner celebrated the successful Mars rover landing with her colleagues and discussed the mission's purpose.
Nielsen Audience: 32,410

Outlet: Hearst Television Inc.
Title: KCRA News
Air Date: 08/06/2012
Summary: Dawn Sumner was among the many viewers watching the Mars rover landing on Sunday night, preparing for her next four days of crucial work to uncover the scientific meaning of the rover's discoveries.
Nielsen Audience: 14,594

Outlet: Capital Public Radio
Title: Mars Rover Will Have UC Davis Professor at Controls
Publication Date: 08/02/2012
Summary: Dawn Sumner was picked for her position on the Mars mission because of her experience searching for life forms in Antarctica, the place on earth that may be most like Mars. Speaking with CPR, Sumner says the evidence of life her team is looking for is very, very small.
Unique Visitors Per Month: 16,016

Outlet: Planet Save
Title: Mars Rover Curiosity Will Explore Strange Crater
Publication Date: 08/05/2012
Summary: NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity is set to land on Mars and explore Mount Sharp, a 5.5-km-tall mound of layered sediments that time and pressure have squeezed into a mountain of rock, strangely located in the center of the large Gale crater. Dawn Sumner refers to it as a "scientific enigma."
Unique Visitors Per Month: 31,686

Outlet: Dawn on Mars (Professor Sumner's personal blog)
Title: How to do Science with 300+ Team Members and a Rover on Another Planet
Publication Date: 08/05/2012
Summary: Geology professor Dawn Sumner has written a blog post describing her work with the Mars rover "Curiosity" and the purpose of their mission.
Unique Visitors Per Month: N/A

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