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Science Results from the Mars Exploration Rover Mission

Stated Meeting, Cambridge, MA
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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Introduction:

 

  Claude Canizares (5 min.) is Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics, Vice President for Research, and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He oversees more than a dozen interdisciplinary research laboratories and centers, including the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Broad Institute, the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Haystack Observatory, and the Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He is also Associate Director of the Chandra X-ray Observatory Center and a principal investigator on NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. He has received several awards, including decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service to the U. S. Air Force, two NASA Public Service Medals, and the Goddard Medal of the American Astronautical Society. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Astronautics, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2004.

Speaker:

  Steven W. Squyres (27 min.) is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University. He serves as the principal scientific investigator of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Project, which landed the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity on Mars in January 2004. He has participated in numerous planetary spacecraft missions, including the Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn, the Magellan mission to Venus, the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. He is the author of Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet. He has been honored with the Harold C. Urey Prize, the Carl Sagan Award of the American Astronautical Society, the National Space Society Wernher von Braun Award, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science. He has served as chair of the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee and as a member of the NASA Advisory Council. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2005. To view slides while listening to audio, click here.

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