A&M researcher's Icelandic study will inform Mars rover mission

While humans haven't yet had the chance to research on the surface of Mars, one Texas A&M geologist is taking on the next best thing.

Ryan Ewing is an associate professor in the Texas A&M University Department of Geology and Geophysics. In summer 2019 and 2020, he will lead a team that will go to Iceland to conduct experiments in conditions that mimic, in part, conditions on Mars.

"The rocks in Iceland are similar to what you would see on the surface of Mars," said Ewing on First News at Four. "We will also use artificial intelligence and a rover to collect data, just like what will happen on Mars."

The project is funded by NASA to the tune of $1.1 million, and the findings will inform the 2020 rover mission on Mars.

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