About Us

We study the geology of Mars using NASA’s Mars rovers, orbital spacecraft data, and laboratory investigations of rocks and minerals. We look for clues about how water has interacted with Mars’ surface over the past 4.5 billion years, and whether the Red Planet ever had the right conditions to support life.

The Mars Lab was established in 2014 at Western Washington University by Dr. Melissa Rice, with the goal of engaging a diverse set of students in active research and operations of NASA missions on the Red Planet.

Our group includes undergraduate and graduate (MSc) students from a variety of backgrounds, including geology, geophysics, physics, aerospace engineering, computer science and chemistry. If you are a student interested in joining the Mars Lab, please contact Dr. Melissa Rice directly about research opportunities.