Our Open Seating Policy will be in effect for this meetup.
Venue capacity = 40 / Estimated day-of RSVP turnout = 50%
Mars Curiosity Rover - Assessing the Conditions for Life on the Red Planet
Solar System Ambassador for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Geosciences Graduate Student, Georgia State University
The next-generation Mars Rover named 'Curiosity' launched on November 26. The nine-month journey to the Red Planet will end with a landing inside of Gale Crater on August 6, 2012. The Curiosity rover, part of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, is twice the size of its predecessors, Spirit and Opportunity. The rover is designed to travel over massive obstacles at even greater distances. The mission involves studying the Martian landscape's geologic structures as well as performing chemical analysis of the soils and rock to assess whether conditions were favorable for microbial life and possible preservation clues within the rocks themselves. Ginny will discuss the objectives of this mission followed by a Q&A session.
Ginny Mauldin-Kinney is a Solar System Ambassador for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a Geosciences Graduate student at Georgia State University. Her research focus is studying the geomorphology of the Martian surface.
Parking and Such
Java Vino is located diagonally across the street from Manuel's Tavern. There is parking behind the building itself and on Williams Mill Road across the street. Manuel's reserves the use of their lots at all times, but parking there hasn't presented a problem for our guests so far.
Enter the cafe on the street level and let them know that your order will count toward our collective tab. They will give you drinks to take upstairs to the Wine Lounge and your food will follow.