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New Meetup: Its Not Evo, But: FREE ASTRONOMY LECTURE! The Phoenix Mission to Mars

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Announcing a new Meetup for Ad Hoc New York City Evolution Meetup Group!

What: Its Not Evo, But: FREE ASTRONOMY LECTURE! The Phoenix Mission to Mars

When: Friday, December 3, 2010 6:15 PM

Where: Kaufmann Theater
American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

AAA Lecturer to Discuss Phoenix Mission to Mars

Dr. Suzanne M. M. Young of the Chemistry Department at the University of New Hampshire will address the AAA Friday, December 3 on “Top 10 Discoveries of the Phoenix Mission to Mars and the Implications for Biohabitability.” The free public lecture begins at 6:15 P.M. in the Kaufmann Theater of the AMNH.

The (2007-2009) mission had a goal of sampling to determine whether this environment may have been habitable for life at some time in its history," Young notes. "It made extensive atmospheric and ground measurements. The presence of water ice in the regolith was confirmed. Salts discovered offer evidence for the presence in the past of liquid water. These and other amazing discoveries will be discussed. Source of bio-energy, key bio-elements and ions, and environmental toxicity and pH will also be outlined.

"An evaluation of habitability is a requirement for sending any mission to search for life. The major discoveries of the mission will be discussed in evaluation of these requirements for life," Young says.

Young did research for the mission for several years. She helped design instruments and develop experimental procedures, and was science plan integrator at mission control during the entire operation, both primary and extended.

Young has a Ph.D. from Harvard and has done further study at Harvard, MIT and Brandeis.

The Kaufmann Theatre is best accessed via the South entrance to the museum, on 77th Street. The entrance is under the arched stairway. Once in, turn left; you will see the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins ahead of you. Go toward it. Just before entering the Human Origins exhibit, you will see a hallway to the right, with showcases of mollusk shells and models lining the hall. Turn right. If you look left at the next hallway, you will see the Kaufmann Theatre.

6:15 is a hard time to get to the AMNH on time; it takes a while to get there from much of the City. But these lectures are worth it! The lecture series by the AAA is excellent.

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