For those who didn't get the chance to see Dr. Geoffrey Landis' excellent presentation at CMNH:
Science Cafe Cleveland, sponsored by CWRU's chapter of Sigma XI, WCPN Ideastream and Market Garden, will host Dr. Landis on the evening of Monday, Feb. 11 at the Market Garden Brewery. Details from the Science Cafe Cleveland website:
"Mars, the cool red planet that is our nearest neighbor out from the sun, has recently been the target of an armada of explorers, robots with names like "Pathfinder" and "Spirit" and "Curiosity." The Curiosity rover held the world spellbound last summer with its dare-devil descent to the Martian surface by rappelling down from a rocket-powered platform hovering overhead in the thin air of Mars. Curiosity is the largest probe ever to land on another planet, a robot the size of a small car, with a laser rock-vaporizing camera and the equivalent of a whole chemistry lab on wheels, and is beginning a two-year mission to drive around what may be an ancient Martian seabed and, eventually, to climb the five-kilometer-tall Mount Sharp.
Meanwhile, across the planet, the Mars Rover "Opportunity" is embarking on its tenth year of exploration. What's so exciting about Mars, anyway? What are these missions? Why has Mars fascinated the human race for centuries, and what might it tell us about our own planet? And, where do we go from here?"
Dr Landis' profile:
"Dr. Geoffrey A. Landis is a science fiction writer as well as being a Mars Explorer and a researcher at the John Glenn Research Center. He has degrees in physics and electrical engineering from MIT, and a PhD in physics from Brown University, and originally worked on solid state physics and inventing high-efficiency solar cell designs, before joining the NASA Mars exploration program as a member of the Mars Pathfinder's Sojourner Rover team.
He currently works on the science team of the Mars Exploration Rovers mission, operating the Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars. In addition to working on Mars, he is involved with development of advanced technology for future spacecraft and in the design of future missions, ranging from Solar Probe Plus, a mission to the corona of the sun, and going out as far as proposed future missions into interstellar space."
Drinks at 6:30pm, discussion at 7. See you there! :)