On Thursday, May 21, at 2:00 pm, Dr. Allan Treiman, Senior Staff Scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, will present “The Curiosity Rover: A Day and Life on Mars” online via Zoom. The Curiosity rover, of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, has been rolling across the hills inside Gale Crater for over seven years. Since landing, it has traversed about 20 kilometers and now is part-way up the mountain in the center of Gale named Mt. Sharp. Dr. Treiman will present some background about Mars and the MSL mission, a taste of daily operations, and the team’s successes toward Curiosity’s main goal: the search for evidence of habitable environments in Mars’ distant past. The rocks it now sits on formed in a shallow fresh-water lake — habitable but no signs of life (including no frogs, lizards, statues, or dead aliens).
Register for this free event via Zoom. This presentation is part of the Clear Lake Association of Seniors Program (CLASP) Speaker Series. CLASP is an outreach initiative of University of Houston-Clear Lake. For more information, visit CLASP online.