Dr. Philip Christensen of Arizona State University will give a free, non-technical public lecture on "The Latest News from Mars," Monday evening, August 6th, from 7:30 to 9 as in the ballroom at the Double Tree Hotel in Reid Park, (445 South Alvernon Way, Tucson) as part of the 124th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, taking place at the same hotel from Aug. 4 - 8.
There is no charge for admission, but seats will only be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dr. Christensen will describe the landing site for the Mars ScienceLaboratory (nicknamed Curiosity) and the landing events, together with
any initial observations the probe makes about the intriguing Gale
Crater, its landing site. [Right, artists view of Curiosity. Credit, NASA/Caltech/JPL] He will also touch briefly on the current
prospects for the general exploration of the solar system. (This public
talk will be held the day after the Curiosity lands on the surface of the
Philip R. Christensen is a Regents Professor of geological sciences and
the Ed and Helen Korrick Professor in the School of Earth and Space
Exploration at Arizona State University. He completed his Ph.D. in
Geophysics and Space Physics at UCLA in 1981. His research interests
focus on planetary surfaces, with an emphasis on Mars and the
[taken from the ASP announcement]