Curiosity: Seeking Habitable Locations on Mars

  • February 25, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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A Public Lecture by Jason Kendall
Presented for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 
The Cooper Union, New York, New York 
Monday, February 25: 7:00 PM

 

While the talk is open to the public, they will need to prepare guest passes for anyone without a Cooper Union ID card so that you can enter the building. You must RSVP to cooperunionasme AT gmail DOT com if you are not Cooper students/faculty and wish to attend.  It is NOT enough to RSVP on this page.


The Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity, landed successfully on Mars in Gale Crater on August 6th 2012. We'll review its findings so far and relive the nail-biting ride to the surface of Mars. Its goal is to determine whether or not Mars once could have supported life. Mars is today a cold desert, but in the distant past, the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity found overwhelming evidence for liquid water on Mars' surface, with shallow oceans now gone dry, with the water now hidden deep in the rocks. Did life arise on Mars long ago? We'll learn about how this robotic adventurer is trying to help us answer the most important question of all: did our Solar system host life arise on two planets?

 

More information: http://www.moonbeam.net/InwoodAstronomy/events/20130225.shtml

 

About Jason Kendall

I am adjunct professor of Astronomy at William Paterson University. I hold a Master of Science in Astronomy from New Mexico State University and am currently adjunct faculty at William Paterson University. I have led numerous "starwatching parties" and astronomy events in New York City, New Mexico, Minnesota and Texas. It all started way back in the fourth grade by the encouragement of two noted astronomers, Charles Schweighauser and Bart Bok. I saw Saturn through Charlie's telescope at then Sangamon State University on a clear Illinois night, and Bart encouraged me under those stars to study hard to come visit him at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I finally did make it down there about a decade after Bart passed away, and I found the favorite spots in Tucson, Arizona, where Bart and his wife Priscilla would spend when they were not gazing at the stars. Bart and his wife were pioneers in the study of the Milky Way, and their studies of the starforming regions called Bok Globules. It's even in my family. My great-grandfather was a Midwestern minister who used to preach his sermons out under the dark, cloudless nights. He always believed that getting out and experiencing the wonders of the natural world was a central part of being human. My family has always been inspired by his words: "We look up to look within." I hope that you'll join me under the stars or at one of my talks.

 

Come see what's up in the sky!

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Jason you mentioned you could post your slides from last night? That would be excellent!

    1 · February 26, 2013

    • Jason K.

      Well, from what I heard on previous NASA telecons, the operational lifetime for the Plutonium source is 50 years. That means that the power source will outlive the rover. It's already true that the rover is being treated carefully due to findings of the mechanics of the rover's parts in the lab model. And please, do keep on nitpicking. It's the way to keep me honest! I'm not sure about the video.

      February 26, 2013

    • Jason K.

      They might have revised that down since the last telecon I was on over 2 months ago.

      February 26, 2013

  • Sam

    Jason, great meeting you yesterday and the lecture was fantastic!

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Jordan

    Great Lecture Jason, great time!

    3 · February 26, 2013

  • Jason K.

    Here is yesterday's work on the sample: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-072

    2 · February 26, 2013

  • Jason K.

    One more thing, Stephen: You might like to be on the Minor Planet Mailing List: http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/mpml/?yguid=113052252

    This is an amazing group of observers and researchers.

    February 26, 2013

  • Jason K.

    Sequestration impacts to US space programs:

    http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-sequestration-could-hit-nasa.html

    http://www.informationweek.com/government/policy/how-sequestration-could-hit-nasa-project/240149376

    "These cuts are only the beginning. The sequestration effects sent to the Senate include only those projects that could see cuts in fiscal 2013, but sequestration will phase in over several years. In fiscal 2013 alone, the sequester would reduce NASA's funding level by $894 million from levels authorized by the continuing appropriations resolution".

    "Anybody who thinks this is no big deal -- it's a big deal," NASA administrator Charles Bolden reportedly said last Friday. "We're going to suffer."

    February 26, 2013

  • Eileen R.

    Jason, your enthusiasm is infectious! :)

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • Jordan

    Great

    2 · February 25, 2013

  • Jason K.

    I've head from CU that the list is at about 75 from meetup. See you tonight!

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Leslie T.

    Hi Jason,

    Just confirming that tonight's lecture is at Cooper Union. There was an email yesterday stating that the venue location had changed to some recreation center in the middle of Central Park. Thanks!
    Leslie

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Geert D.

    Meet, socialize and network tonight with Jason and many others at the meetup. It is one of the most popular events in NYC today!

    We built an easy-to browse/search page for/with all attendees: http://bit.ly/XUxNsD

    Happy networking! 
-G.

    (feedback appreciated!;)

    February 25, 2013

  • Jason K.

    Please note that since I'll be too busy getting the talk ready that I won't have time to greet or organize meetup people or help them get in the door. But, if there are any questions afterwards, we can certainly grab a beer.

    February 25, 2013

  • Runster O.

    Fascinating stuff! Can't attend but please report summary. I follow curiosity's progress on the NASA website, but any extra information is greatly appreciated

    February 23, 2013

  • Eileen R.

    Just got a confirmation e-mail from Cooper Union. So Carolyn Cross and I are good to go for Monday night. Thank you for all your efforts. :)

    February 20, 2013

  • Jason K.

    It is really important that you RSVP with [masked] to attend. You won't be able to get into the Cooper Union unless they know about you in advance. RSVP-ing on this page is not sufficient.

    3 · February 19, 2013

    • Chris W

      It could have been highlighted more I guess but it is blatenly stated in the discription. RIF.

      February 20, 2013

    • Eileen R.

      SIF

      February 20, 2013

  • Eileen R.

    I did not read the small print. RSVP in every other Meet Up group has always been the only action one needed to take. This fact should have been highlighted. I am sure I am not only one who may still be unaware. I sent my email last night. We will see if it is too late or not.

    February 20, 2013

    • Eileen R.

      I like the idea of being your "Roadie!" However I put Carolyn Cross down as my guest. We shall see. I am hopeful. So glad u posted that comment and I actually read it as we all get way too many e-mails! Hope to c u Monday night! :)

      February 20, 2013

    • Jason K.

      OK, if you try to be early, it might be easier, if there is no RSVP coming back.

      1 · February 20, 2013

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