This memorandum of understanding formalizes the interface between Live From Earth and Mars - Science, Technology, Education Partnerships, LFEM - STEP, program of James E. Tillman, Research Professor, University of Washington and Ari-Matti Harri, Leader of the Mars Meteorological Network, MetNet, ATMIS Investigation Program of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, regarding FMI's MetNet development program aiming at the deployment of a small network of Meteorology Stations on Mars. Sub-orbital tests launches of this ongoing program are likely to begin in 2003-2004, followed by science precursor missions to Mars of a few landers, including the Viking Lander 1 and 2 sites.
In conjunction with institutional, corporate, public and private collaboration and support for this Educational program, Tillman and LFEM - STEP Partners will:
1. Obtain collaboration and support to develop Earth - Mars based educational information, modules, and resources
2. Carefully integrate current resources
3. Incorporate student participation
4. Develop new resources and materials
5. Produce descriptive reports of the program and mission
6. Process data as received on Earth
7. Extract and display representative components in as near real time as possible like the Pathfinder "Live from Mars" program
8. Disseminate them via web, and other media, to collaborating and interested educational institutions, museums and the public
9. Interact with engineering and science components of the program, to expedite mutually beneficial exchanges of experience, information and resources.
In conjunction with the Mars MetNet program, Ari-Matti Harri will provide, within the available resources:
1. Meteorological, science, engineering and ancillary data as it arrives on Earth
2. Copies of project software, documents and ancillary information, so that data reduction can be independently performed in real or near real time by Tillman
3. Project engineering information to support development, interpretation, and description of the meteorology results
4. For Interaction with instrument, spacecraft and mission personnel.
|Signed______________, Date _______________||Signed_____________, Date _______________|
|Ari-Matti Harri||James E. Tillman|
|Finnish Meteorology Institute||University of Washington|
|Helsinki, Finland||Seattle Washington|