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Curiosity's First Year of Exploration on Mars





UT Campus, Welch Hall (WEL) Auditorium 

Schedule: Friday, October 18, 2013
5:45-7pm: Pre-lecture Fair 
7-8:15pm: Lecture

Welch Hall (WEL) is located at the intersection of Speedway, and 24th St. on UT's Campus in Austin TX. Click here for a parking map and other details.

by Dr. John Grotzinger
Chief Scientist, NASA Mars Science Laboratory Mission

What is the Lecture About?

NASA's second rover named "Opportunity" produced dramatic evidence that long ago, at least one area of Mars stayed wet for an extended period, suggesting that conditions could have been suitable for sustaining microbial life. NASA's third Mars rover "Curiosity" is an extraordinary machine that carries the biggest, most advanced suite of instruments for scientific studies ever sent to the Martian surface. Dr. John Grotzinger is the lead scientist for Curiosity's mission to explore Mars' past climate and geology.  He will describe what the rover has discovered since landing on the Red Planet, and how the Mars Science Laboratory onboard Curiosity will continue our search for signs of extraterrestrial life there.

NEW:  Support for Spanish Speakers is being provided for this event!

Presenter's Biosketch

Dr. John Grotzinger is a field geologist interested in the evolution of Earth's surficial environments and biosphere. His research addresses the chemical development of the early oceans and atmosphere, the environmental context of early animal evolution, and the geologic factors that regulate sedimentary basins. In his studies, John tries to create the basic geologic framework for sedimentary basins and orogenic belts in northwest Canada, northern Siberia, southern Africa, Oman, and the western United States. These field mapping studies are the starting point for more topical laboratory-based studies involving geochemical, paleontological, and geochronological techniques.


Further Resources


Teaching Curriculum (PDF format)

Grades Resource Type Title TEKS

Lesson Plan

Canyons of the Universe: A Look at Water Erosion

Worksheet for Canyons of the Universe: A Look at Water Erosion

§112.14 Science, Grade 3: 7C, 7D

§112.15 Science, Grade 4: 7B

§112.16 Science, Grade 5: 7A, 7B



Lesson Plan

Chemistry and the Essentials for Life: Looking at Mars

Worksheet for Chemistry and the Essentials for Life: Looking at Mars

§112.33 Astronomy, Grade 9-12: 9B

§112.34 Biology, Grade 9-12: 2E, 2H, 9A, 9D

§112.35 Chemistry, Grade 9-12: 3B


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