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RASC Vancouver Monthly Meeting

A Cartographer's Guide to Mars Exploration

Speaker: Dr. Phil Stooke of the University of Western Ontario's Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration

Location: See map here.

We have been studying Mars for several centuries and exploring it for over half a century.  Maps play a large part in exploration, and in this talk they will be used to document the history of exploration of the Red Planet from telescopic mapping to rover missions.

About our speaker: Dr. Stooke is a planetary cartographer in the Department of Geography at UWO in London, Ontario and in the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration.  His PhD from the University of Victoria was on maps of non-spherical objects such as asteroids, including special map projections and shape-modelling methods.  More recently he has been documenting lunar and Mars exploration in two books: The International Atlas of Lunar Exploration (Cambridge: 2008) and The International Atlas of Mars Exploration (Cambridge: 2012).  He is now working on a second volume on Mars which will include the current rover missions.

Attention kids! There will be a table-top telescope given away as a door prize.

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  • Art P.

    That sounds fantastic ! I'll look forward to that.

    July 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    In the very, very far distant future, when all galaxies had gone beyond the visible horizon due to the expansion of the Universe, would the CMBR still be detectable to local telescopes within the merged Andromeda/Milky Way group of galaxies?

    June 17, 2014

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