Join Bethany Ehlmann (California Institute of Technology) as she gives the first annual CAS Silas [...]Peirce Lecture. The Curiosity rover represents the latest chapter in NASA's exploration of Mars. It was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. The rover's onboard laboratory is studying the rocks and soils it encounters to search for the chemical building blocks of life on Mars and it will reveal what the martian environment was like in the past. Professor Ehlmann, a member of the intrepid rover's science team, will describe why Curiosity was sent to Mars and what it has found since landing 18 months ago.
February 24, 2014