The Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity landed on Mars in early August of 2012. Departing from Bradbury Landing it headed towards Glenelg to investigate a site where from orbit three different terrains could be seen - and the reward was magnificent. The talk will give insights into the landing and first steps on Mars, summarize the findings at the first study area, called Yellowknife Bay, look at new results returned since the rover departed Yellowknife Bay, and give an outlook to the science investigations to come as the rover heads towards Mt. Sharp.
Dr. Susanne P. Schwenzer obtained her PhD from Max-Planck Institute in Germany, went on to a post doctoral position at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, before she joined the OU, first as post doctoral research associate, now as research fellow. For her PhD she investigated noble gases in Martian meteorites. In addition to noble gas studies, including being involved in Curiosity’s atmospheric and noble gas measurements, she specializes in water-rock interactions, especially for Martian rocks and meteorites.
Tea/Coffee and Biscuits will be served from 7pm and the lecture will start at 7:30pm. The lecture is open to all, including children and non-members.