Curiosity-Driven Science on Mars ~ VCAS Monthly Meeting


Event Details


when: Saturday, September 13, 2014
7:15 pm
where: Moopark College Forum
what: Talk Abstract
The goal of the Curiosity rover mission is to assess whether Mars ever had the necessary ingredients and environment capable of supporting small life forms such as microbes. Since the rover landed on Mars two years ago, the science team has been busy studying the geology of Gale Crater, finding evidence for several episodes of liquid water long ago in the martian past. Curiosity has also made measurements of the current environment to improve our understanding of Mars’ meteorology, climatology, and radiation. Despite the challenges and complexities, Curiosity’s mission has been highly successful so far. This talk will highlight the major scientific findings and future mission plans.

Bio
Dr. Crisp received a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Carleton College in Minnesota and a PhD in Geology from Princeton University. Her scientific expertise is in the mineralogy and formation of volcanic rocks on Earth and Mars. She has been a scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 1987,

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