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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Athena Mars Exploration Rovers
Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 7 PM CDT
Archived Webcast Available Soon
The 2004 Mars Exploration Rover Mission: Evidence for Water and Prospects for Life
by Dr. John Grotzinger
Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology
California Institute of Technology
What is the Lecture About?
The Mars Exploration Rover
The rovers, equipped with scientific tools in order to collect and analyze data on Mars, have operated for over 1,200 days, analyzed dozens of rocks and soils, and returned over 100,000 images. This data enables scientists to better understand past and present conditions on Mars. Dr. John Grotzinger, who is part of the Athena Science Team (which consists of over 150 scientists and several hundred engineers), will share the latest discoveries about the mysterious red planet known as Mars.
As a member of the Geology group, he worked on analysis of image data trying to look for distinct textures and fabrics in the soil and rocks which might suggest water as an agent in their formation. As a member and leader of the Long Term Planning group he helped develop a context for discussion of science strategies that extend beyond day-to-day discoveries. This mission ac complished it goals, establishing clear evidence for the former presence of both groundwater and surface water, developed in an environmental setting similar to Earths great deserts. In 2005, operations continue because the rovers have extended their life spans well beyond their predicted 3-month limit.
John received his BSc from Hobart College in 1979, an MSc from the University of Montana in 1981, and a PhD from Virginia Tech in 1985. This was followed by 3 years as a post-doc and member of the research staff at the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University. In 1988 he was appointed Assistant Professor at MIT, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991 and to Professor in 1995. He was appointed Waldemar Lingren Distinguished Scholar by MIT in 1998, and Robert E. Shrock Professor of Geology in 2001. In 2005 he moved to Caltech where he is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received the Donath Medal of the Geological Society of America, the Henno Martin Medal of the Geological Society of Namibia, and the Jubilee Medal of the Geological Society of South Africa.
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