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Geology Open Night
Start Date: 5/17/2013Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 5/17/2013

Event Description:

Scott McLennan and the MSL Science Team

Topic: Exploring Mars with Curiosity

The 2011 Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover landed at Bradbury Landing in Gale Crater, Mars on August 6, 2012 (UTC) using a new and innovative entry, descent and landing (EDL) system. Its purpose is to explore and quantitatively assess a region within Gale Crater as a potential habitat for past or present life. At the time of this lecture, Curiosity will have been exploring Gale Crater for over 9 months – or more than one-third of its full Mars-year prime mission. With a mass of about one metric ton, Curiosity is, by far, the most capable robot ever sent to another planetary surface. In addition to a variety of remote sensing and surface contact instruments, it carries a sophisticated internal laboratory, fed by an atmospheric inlet valve, soil scoop and rock drill, that is capable of determining mineralogy and the chemical and isotopic compositions of atmosphere, rocks and soils. This lecture will review the capabilities of the Curiosity rover and describe its major scientific findings to date.

Scott M. McLennan is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences. His interests lie in evaluating the evolution of planetary crusts and surficial processes using the chemical composition of sedimentary rocks and laboratory experiments that simulate a variety of sedimentary processes.
Location Information:
West Campus - Earth & Space Sciences Building  (View Map)
100 Nicolls Road
Main Entrance
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-6000
Room: 001

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