Public Lecture

Three experts—an astrobiologist, a geomorphologist, and a high school student talented in planetary science—will deliver the Public Lecture titled “How Do We Choose a Landing Site on Mars?” Today we know Mars to be a vast beautiful planet that in many ways is like the American Southwest. It has sweeping vistas and huge mountains with long and wide valleys. In its past Mars had an enormous ocean with a significant atmosphere and it is only by studying this planet on the surface that we will be able to unlock its past and understand how we will live and work on the Red planet in the future. Finding the right landing sites for our robotic and human missions requires an extensive knowledge about the planet. Our panel of experts will discuss “how on Earth” we find the right places to go to on Mars. To learn more, visit our page for more information on the event.