In advance of the landing of the Mars rover, Curiosity, join us July 26th at 7pm for a presentation by retired planetary scientist Terry Martin called Exploring Mars: the goals and risk of landing Curiosity on August 5, 2012.
Getting to Mars has always been a risky venture; spacecraft have failed to get there in many ways. The upcoming Curiosity rover landing bears a certain level of risk because it uses a new landing method called a Sky Crane. The rover is larger than any previously sent, and more ambitious in its lifetime, distance capability, and scientific scope. It will allow us to continue "following the water" in an effort to determine the habitability of the Mars surface, in light of much recent evidence for its early, wet history."
Terry Martin is a retired planetary scientist specializing in the Mars atmosphere. He worked at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena from 1979 to 2008, taking part in the Viking mission to Mars, the Mars Global Surveyor, and most recently the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Watch the video below to see how Curiosity will make it's landing.