Sept.15th, 2015 - We're Back with a Great Series Lineup
Earth & Mars - Were We Siblings & Twins ?
Our Investigator on Mars - 3 Years Old
An Early Earth-like Mars:
What Have We Learned from the Mars Science Laboratry (MSL),
The MSL Curiosity rover has been on the surface of Gale Crater, Mars for three years. Mars Science Laboratory was developed to determine whether Mars ever had an environment capable of supporting microbial life. Determining past habitability on Mars gives NASA and the scientific community a better understanding of whether life could have existed on the red planet and, if it could have existed, an idea of where to future rovers. Recent data from MSL onboard instruments of the atmosphere and rocks on the surface, suggest that ancient Mars may have been more similar to ancient Earth than previously thought. To date, Earth is the only known planet whose surface is divided into continents and oceans. Is it possible that Mars once had plate tectonics? In this presentation, Dr. Anderson will discuss the idea of an early Earth-like Mars and describe how the data collected from MSL support/deny these hypotheses.
Our Presenter Dr. Robert C. Anderson
Presenter Bob Anderson _JPL
Robert (Bob) Anderson received his BS and MS degrees in Geology from Old Dominion University, Virginia and was awarded a PhD in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. He is currently the Group Supervisor of Geophysics and Planetary Geosciences at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where he serves as an investigation scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), the lead for the Solid Sample Library and as director of the JPL Regional Planetary Image Facility. He is also a science collaborator for the Mars Exploration Rovers.
At JPL, Dr. Anderson has also worked as mission planner and investigation scientist for the 2001 and 2003 Mars Missions and as deputy education/outreach coordinator for the Mars Exploration Office. He has served on the faculty of California Institute of Technology, Pasadena City College and the University of Pittsburgh and is the former Chair of the Geological Society of America Planetary Geology Division. He is the recipient of numerous NASA Group Achievement Awards and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2014.
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