The Central Valley has its signature on the latest mars rover. Visalia native, Rius Billing, leads the team that built the vehicle's robotic arm.
The rover is called "Curiosity" and landed on Mars last Monday. Its mission is to collect and process soil samples to learn more about the red planet.
Rius literally signed his name on the rover before it blasted off almost nine months ago. He says his next mission is to recycle dead satellites in space.