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Squyres to Speak on 'Roving Mars'

Feb 17, 2009
Dr. Steven W. Squyres, Goldwin Smith professor of astronomy at Cornell University and principal investigator for the science payload on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover project, will speak on "Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and Exploration of the Red Planet" as part of Ohio Northern University's Spotts Lecture Series in the Freed Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 16.

The event is free and open to the public.

Squyres will discuss the past, present and future of Mars exploration and the opportunities that arise with these investigations. He will also cover new technologies that will improve science's ability to conduct research on Mars.

Squyres holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and spent five years as a postdoctoral associate and research scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center before returning to Cornell as a faculty member.

He participated in the Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn, the Magellan mission to Venus, and the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission. Along with his current work on the Mars Exploration Rover project, he is also a co-investigator on the 2003 Mars Express, 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and 2009 Mars Science Laboratory missions, a member of the Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Flight Investigation Team for the Mars Odyssey mission, and a member of the imaging team for the Cassini mission to Saturn.

Squyres served as chair of the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee and as a member of the NASA Advisory Council. His awards include the American Astronomical Society's Harold C. Urey Prize, the Space Science Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Astronautical Society's Carl Sagan Award, the National Space Society's Wernher von Braun Award, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The Spotts Lecture series was established to bring distinguished speakers to ONU on an annual basis to alert students to the probable professional conditions and challenges that engineers and computer scientists will face in the future.
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