Project Team Websites
Astrobiology Links
Jokes and Cartoons
Interesting Links


University of California, Berkeley

College of Chemistry home:

The College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley has one of the top-ranked departments in the country with research in all fields of chemistry.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

JPL home:

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena is mission control for the current Mars Exploration Rover. JPL is NASA's center for robotic exploration of the solar system.

Link to the MER mission page:

The twin Mars Exploration Rovers were launched on June 10th and July 13th, 2003.   Both successfully landed on Mars in January 2004 and are currently looking for signs of past water on Mars.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego

Scripps home:

Founded in 1903, Scripps Institute of Oceanography is one the largest centers for marine science research .



The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Missions are to understand and protect our home planet, explore the universe and search for life, and inspire the next generation of explorers.


Mars Dead or Alive:

An excellent, comprehensive site explaining the science behind the current MER goals, detailed discussion of the launch to landing process and the challenges involved, as well as links to Mars images and animations.

Mars Calendar

Link to more comprehensive schedule
of upcoming planetary missions:

Description of these missions,
as well as links to missions past:



(Let us know if you have others to add.. contact Mary Hammond.)

Recently release image of Spirit shows definite signs of teenage life on Mars

Mars Cup

Springtime on Mars 2020 Video Link


Apollo Humor:

When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, it took the astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training. One day, a Navajo elder and his son came across the space crew walking among the rocks. The elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question. His son translated for the NASA people: “What are these guys in the big suits doing?” One of the astronauts said that they were practicing for a trip to the moon. When his son relayed this comment the Navajo elder got all excited and asked if it would be possible to give the astronauts a message to deliver to the moon. Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw one, a NASA official accompanying the astronauts said, “Why certainly!” and told an underling to get a tape recorder.

The Navajo elder’s comments into the microphone were brief. The NASA official asked the son if he would translate what his father had said. The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But he refused to translate. So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby Navajo village and played it for other members of the tribe. They too laughed long and loudly, but also refused to translate the elders’ message to the moon.

An official government translator was summoned. After he finally stopped laughing, the translator relayed the message:



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