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'Life' on Mars subject of talk at the Museum of TTU

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Provided by The Museum of Texas Tech University

The Museum of Texas Tech University is pleased to co-sponsor "A Year in the Life of Curiosity on Mars" presented by Dr. Darby Dyar on September 19, from 7-9pm in the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court and Auditorium. Parking is free and available in the Museum's north and west lots. Please enter the Museum through the west (Indiana facing) doors, which open at 7pm.

The Mars rover Curiosity has been roaming the surface of Mars for more than an Earth year now. When it landed safely in August of 2012, people danced in Times Square and rejoiced all over the world. A new era of Martian exploration had begun. This was the most sophisticated robot explorer ever sent from Earth to the distant Red Planet. 

Curiosity's most novel technology, the laser instrument that most closely resembles a geologist's light saber, has shot more than 70,000 holes in Martian rocks and soils. How does the laser work? Why is it making holes in rocks? What secrets has it uncovered? How is the rover's exploration moving us toward manned missions and eventual human settlements on Mars? Dr. Darby will discuss these and other fascinating questions and revelations uncovered by Curiosity

Mount Holyoke College professor Dr. Darby Dyar, a member of the Mars Science Laboratory science team, will give an insider's view into the daily life of the robotic rover and its scientists, reflect back on the sites and accomplishments of the past year, and look forward to the next year on Mars.

  • 7-8pm… Reception with Dr. Dyar, Sculpture Court
  • 8pm… Lecture begins, Auditorium

The event is co-sponsored by the Museum of Texas Tech University, West Texas Association of Women in Science, TTU Department of Geosciences, and Geosciences Society.

For more information about Museum hours, call 806.742.2490 or email museum.texastech@ttu.edu.

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