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!