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Exploring Mars with Curiosity subject of next Los Alamos National Laboratory Frontiers in science lectures

Roger Wiens talks about the NASA Mars Curiosity rover.
May 1, 2013
Roger Wiens and the Curiosity rover.

Roger Wiens and the Curiosity rover.

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Sponsored by the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Frontiers in Science lecture series is intended to increase local public awareness of the diversity of science and engineering research at the Laboratory.

LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, May 1, 2013—Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Roger Wiens talks about the NASA Mars Curiosity rover, its journey to Mars and some of its discoveries on the Red Planet thus far in a series of Frontiers in Science presentations beginning May 7 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School.

Wiens repeats his talk on:

  • May 9 at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road N.W., Albuquerque
  • May 14 in the James A. Little Theater of the New Mexico School for the Deaf, 1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe
  • May 16 in the Taoseño Room of the Taos Convention Center, 120 Civic Plaza Drive in Taos.

All the talks begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. After the talks, Wiens will sign copies of his book “Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, from Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity.”

Note: Wiens also plans to sign copies of his book from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., May 4 at CB Fox Department Store on Central Avenue in Los Alamos.

Wiens, of Los Alamos’ Space and Remote Sensing Group, is principal investigator for the ChemCam laser experiment. ChemCam is analyzing the planet’s composition through the use of a laser that vaporizes what it hits so an optical spectrometer can read the resulting data.

About Roger Wiens

Sponsored by the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Frontiers in Science lecture series is intended to increase local public awareness of the diversity of science and engineering research at the Laboratory.

For more information, contact Linda Anderman at (505) 665-9196 or anderman@lanl.gov.

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