Thursday, August 15, 2013
JPL, von Karman Auditorium
Theodore von Karman Lecture
Curiosity’s First Year on Mars
Ashwin Vasavada, Deputy Project Scientist, Mars Science Laboratory, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Curiosity, the rover that successfully landed on Mars in early August, 2012, has been busy refining much of what we know about the red planet. Gale Crater has presented the rover with rich new environments to study, such as ancient streambeds and shifting sand dunes. With a suite of 10 science instruments, the science team has been working to reveal the answers to existing questions, and of course, generating new ones.
This talk will revisit the successful landing and reveal some of the results from the last year of work on the surface of the Red Planet.