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GEAR UP Mars Essays

In Spring 2007, the Tucson GEAR UP Project organized an essay-writing contest for middle school students interested in the Phoenix mission. The winners were rewarded with a tour of the Science Operations Center, where the mission will be run once Phoenix lands in May 2008.


1. Mission to Mars by Savannah
2. Phoenix Mars Lander by Steven
3. Mission to Mars by Preston
4. Invasion of the Phoenix Lander by Martin
5. Going to Mars by Luis
6. Mr. President this is the greatest discovery in U.S. history! by Carlos
7. The Alien by Waldy
8. Going to Mars by Jailine
9. Mission to Mars by Brandon

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