News in Brief

Professor to Help NASA Land Probes on Mars
Professor Kenneth Mease and his group of researchers from the Henry Samueli School of Engineering have been recently awarded a contract with NASA to help achieve better accuracy with Mars landings.
Mease will work with NASA researchers on this three-year project to develop an algorithm that will take into account wind drift, atmospheric conditions and parachute deployment with pinpoint accuracy.
In the past, Mars landings have landed within 20-30 feet of the target site. Researchers hope that the new algorithm for pinpoint landing will be demonstrated for a Mars mission planned for 2011.

Irvine Police Warn UCI Campus About Scam Artist
The Irvine Police Department has recently found that a male subject in the UCI area has been swindling money from residents.
The subject is known for telling stories to get money from people, such as saying he is out of gas he needs to bail his brother from jail or he needs to rent a car to pick up his mother from the airport.
The subject is described as Hispanic or Middle-Eastern, 25-30 years old, 5’10’, 190 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes, facial hair and tattoos. He drives a dark 1998 Mercedes Benz.
Call the Irvine PD at (949) 724-7194 if you have any information.