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Mars Curiosity Rover - Assessing the Conditions for Life on the Red Planet

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

Ginny Mauldin-Kinney

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.

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  • Regina V.

    Great topic and meetup. It was our first time and we already are coming to the next one since this was so awesome! Thanks to the organizers and well-intentioned audience. It is a great salon environment to celebrate and share great, intelligent ideas.

    January 15, 2012

  • Jayma

    It was a great talk- amazing to think about what humans can create.

    January 12, 2012

  • bill

    Very intersesting. Nice to see so many space enthusiasts.

    January 12, 2012

  • Charles S.

    Service was a little rough, but the talk was really fun and exciting.

    January 12, 2012

  • Kathy

    Interesting, well organized talk in easy to understand terms. I loved the video! Fascinating topic. I'll look forward to hearing about the landing in August, now that I know what's involved.

    January 12, 2012

  • "Card Colm" M.

    Excellent presentation. Perfect pitch and pace. Ginny showed an impressive command of so many disciplines and a great ability to handle questions as they arose.

    January 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very fascinating. The presenter was very knowledgeable and Informative. Thanks Marc for another fantastic event. Look forward to the next. Kevin…

    January 12, 2012

  • Marc M.

    What a great talk! Thank you, Ginny. And thanks, everyone, for attending and helping out by pre-ordering. Looks like a "Mars Curiosity Rover Landing Party" may be in the works for late Sunday night, August 5. Please stay tuned!

    January 12, 2012

  • Ginny M.

    Thanks to everyone who came out last night. I really enjoyed speaking with you all. I look forward to our Curiosity landing party in August! Stay tuned. I have included a link to the MSL website for those of you who are interested in finding out more about the Mars Science Laboratory and the Curiosity rover. There you can find information and multimedia galore to whet your appetite. Enjoy and I look forward to seeing you all again soon! Ginny

    http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/

    January 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved the topic. Great speaker.

    January 11, 2012

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