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A University of South Carolina professor is named to 2020 Mars mission team

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NASA's new rover that will include the SuperCam. NASA's new rover that will include the SuperCam.
Dr. Mike Angel is glad to see students exicted about this huge project. Dr. Mike Angel is glad to see students exicted about this huge project.

 By: Emmonie Crumblin

USC chemistry professor, Dr. Mike Angel is part of a 48 member team that is designing a new rover for the next Mars landing.

This design is part of the new SuperCam. It is a camera that contains two one-of-a kind lasers able to detect the presence of organic compounds in rocks from a distance.

"All these instruments are designed to look for molecules that might indicate life and this for the most part would be molecules that indicate life are usually complex and they're certain fingerprints they might have," Angel said.

William Gerstenmaier is with NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission. He says Mars has resources to help sustain life.

Previous Mars missions have not found any evidence of life.

Angel has spent 20 years developing the instrument and his students have helped with the design of the cameras.

"The experience that my students are getting here is fantastic because my graduate students and also undergraduate students are getting to work directly on this huge huge project," he said.

The rover will launch to Mars in 2020.

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