Nearly Four Years On Mars with NASA's Curiosity Rover
Dear ASEI members and friends,
On behalf of the BOD, I invite you to our next Tech Talk which will be held on Saturday, May 14th, at CSULB at 10:00 AM. Come lets learn together!
Almost four years after its celebrated arrival at Mars, the Curiosity rover continues to reveal Mars as a once-habitable planet. Early in Mars' history, generations of streams and lakes created the land forms that Curiosity explores today. This talk will cover the latest findings from the mission, the challenges of exploration, and what lies ahead.
Meet Planetary Scientist Dr. Ashwin Vasavada
Ashwin and Rover
Dr. Ashwin Vasavada is a planetary scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Currently he is the Project Scientist for NASA's Curiosity rover that successfully reached Mars in August, 2012. He now leads the international team of scientists as they explore Gale Crater on the martian surface. His research interests include the climate history of Mars, the weather on Jupiter and Saturn, and the possibility of ice at the poles of the Moon and Mercury. He has participated in the operation and analysis of data from several NASA spacecraft missions, including the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn. He holds a B.S. in Geophysics from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from Caltech.