Caltech Legend Robert Sharp Honored by Mars Rover Team

"Bob Sharp was one of the best field geologists this country has ever had," said Michael Malin (PhD '76), of Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, principal investigator for two of Curiosity's 10 science instruments and a former student of Sharp's.

"We don't really know the origins of Mount Sharp, but we have plans for how to go there and test our theories about it, and that's just how Bob would have wanted it," Malin said.