HGS Virtual E&E - Roving Mars with Curiosity and Perseverance

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HGS E&E - Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Virtual Meeting via Zoom

7:00pm - 9:00pm

HGS Members $10 Non-Members $25 Students $5


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Speaker: Kirsten Siebach

Company: Rice University

Kirsten Siebach is an Assistant Professor in the Rice University Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences and calls herself a Martian Geologist. She studies the early landscapes and climate on Mars using rover observations of rock compositions and comparisons to analogous terrains here on Earth. She is currently a member of the Science and Operations Teams for the Mars 2020 rover Perseverance and the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity, and previously worked on the science and engineering teams for the Phoenix Lander and the two Mars Exploration Rovers. Kirsten graduated with a BA in Earth and Environmental Science and Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis, completed her Ph.D. in Geology at Caltech, and did postdoctoral work at Stony Brook University prior to beginning her faculty position at Rice. She is actively engaged in promoting education and outreach related to Earth and Planetary science and loves travel and photography (on Earth as well as Mars). 

Roving Mars with Curiosity and Perseverance

In a stunning engineering feat, Perseverance, the largest and most complex Mars rover yet, landed successfully on Mars on the floor of Jezero crater on February 18, 2021. Its mission is ambitious: seek signs of ancient life and collect samples for future return to Earth. Perseverance's goals and landing site were selected largely due to the successes and key findings of the Curiosity rover, which is still roving 2,300 miles away. Together, these missions have and continue to revolutionize our view of the Red Planet, and the eventual samples just might revolutionize our view of life itself. As a geologist on both mission teams, I'll share the motivation and context for these missions, our new and evolving understanding of our neighboring planet, and how it teaches us about our own world.

April 14th, 2021 7:00 PM   through   9:00 PM
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HGS Member $ 10.00
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