For those who may be interested...I do not know if tickets or reservations are required in advance. Usually they are not. If you are interested in attending, I suggest you contact the Assembly Series at (314)[masked].
NASA called it "seven minutes of terror." In August 2012 the world watched to see if the Mars rover, Curiosity, a one-ton robot hurtling towards the red planet at 13,200 miles per hour, would gently land on the surface or explode on contact. The planned landing allowed for zero margin of error. No problem – the perfect landing was made all the more dazzling for the fact that its lead engineer and public "face" of the effort, Adam Steltzner, aka Elvis, flunked high school geometry and used to play in a rock band. Steltzner's talk will explore both types of curiosity – the rover and the human attribute, and opine on where space exploration should head next. Sponsored by Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences