The World of Mars: A Close-Up Perspective from NASA's Curiosity Rover
Dr. John Grotzinger
Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology
California Institute of Technology
NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars in 2012 and has refined how we think of the ‘Red Planet.’ Gale Crater presents the rover with opportunities to study unique landscapes such as ancient streambeds, lakes, and shifting sand dunes. Join Dr. John Grotzinger as he describes the Curiosity mission and how this rover has revealed that Martian conditions were likely once favourable to support microbial life.
Throughout the mission, the rover team has informally named sites and landscape features after locations on Earth. Learn how the Yellowknife region has received international attention through this naming exercise.
John Grotzinger is a geologist interested in the evolution of surficial environments on Earth and Mars. Field mapping studies are the starting point for more topical laboratory-based studies involving geochemical, geologic, and geochronological techniques. He is the past Chief Scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory mission. He is also a member of the Mars Exploration Rover Science Team, and HiRISE team on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Geological Sciences at Caltech.
Public Lecture Sponsored by Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (NAPEG).