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CFI-L.A.'s Feed Your Brain -- Exploring the Red Planet

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CFI-L.A.'s Feed Your Brain Series Presents:

Melissa Rice

Exploring the Red Planet: News from NASA's Mars Rovers and Plans for Future Journeys

Sunday, August 4
11 a.m.

(See admission pricing below)

NASA's Mars rovers have reshaped our vision of the Red Planet in the past decade. The Mars Science Laboratory "Curiosity" rover landed on August 5, 2012, and its first year on the planet has been a stunning success. Amazingly, the Mars Exploration Rover "Opportunity" - which was designed to operate for three months in 2004 - has now been exploring for over nine years. Join Dr. Melissa Rice for a tour of Mars as seen through the Pancam and Mastcam instruments, the "eyes" of the rovers. She'll explain the latest discoveries from these missions and describe the next steps - and far-reaching goals - for Mars exploration.

Rice is a Planetary Scientist at the California Institute of Technology, where she helps operate NASA's Opportunity and Curiosity Mars rover missions. In her research she uses images and spectroscopic data from the rovers and orbital spacecraft to interpret the history of water on the Red Planet, and her work has been featured on CNN, the BBC, and other major news outlets. Dr. Rice received her Ph.D. in Astronomy from Cornell University in 2012, where she also studied Geology and Communication. In addition to her work with the Mars rovers, Dr. Rice has also traveled the world studying the geology of the harshest and most extreme environments on Earth.

Friends of the Center: Free
Public: $8
Students: $4