Artist's conception of the Mars Surveyor 2001
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Field trip to Mars?
News story originally written on March 26, 1999
The Planetary Society
a project called A 2001 Mars Odyssey: The Student NanoExperiment
. It is a contest to give students from across the world a
chance to send a science experiment to Mars
The experiment will fly aboard the Mars Surveyor 2001 spacecraft, which is
scheduled to launch on April 10, 2001.
The contest is only open to pre-college students who are 18 years old or
younger as of March 1, 1999. The experiment must be small enough to fit
in a one centimeter high by one centimeter diameter cylinder. It also
has to weigh less than three grams. The results of the experiment must
be able to be seen by the lander's camera.
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