Robotic missions are paving our way to Mars

EVENT IS CANCELLED:  Dr. James W. Rice will not be available for the lecture.

STAY TUNED:  We are planning another MML for February 1.

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What visions are conjured up when the Red Planet, Mars, is mentioned? Perhaps it’s stories from childhood sci-fi books or movies with images of Martians or monsters visiting Earth from this mysterious scarlet colored orb in the sky. Arizona scientists are playing a key role in evaluating the surface of Mars with landers and rovers as well as orbiters from above. 

During this captivating presentation, you will learn how robotic missions to Mars have been, and will continue to be a source of great discovery.

This program offers insights into the challenges, dangers and plans for human missions to the Red Planet. Who knows how long it will be before humans make Mars our second home in the Solar System?

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Dr. James W. Rice, is an astrogeologist with over 30 years research experience, specializing in the exploration of the Solar System, especially the Moon and Mars. Astrogeology is the combined study of two sciences, astronomy and geology.

Dr. Rice will be discussing his role as the Geology Team Leader on the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Project (Spirit and Opportunity) at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 1. He has NASA mission experience working on the Mars Odyssey Orbiter and has been involved in Mars landing site selection for every NASA Mars Mission since Mars Pathfinder in 1995