Programs Will Share Excitement of Mars Rovers
Two free public programs in Pasadena this week will offer a
mission leader's account of the continuing Mars adventures of
the rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
Image right: JPL's Dr. Joy Crisp will lecture about the rovers. Image credit: NASA/JPL.
Dr. Joy Crisp, a geologist with NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will present an illustrated talk
about the twin rovers' challenges and discoveries on Thursday
evening, May 19, at JPL and on Friday evening, May 20, at
Pasadena City College. She has been the project scientist for
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project throughout the project's
development and operations.
Spirit and Opportunity have continued exploring farther and
farther from their landing sites in more than a year of
extended missions after successfully completing their primary
three-month missions more than a year ago. These robotic field
geologists gave a dramatic answer of yes to the question of
whether Mars has ever had a wet environment. Opportunity found
evidence of an ancient body of water and Spirit has found
rocks extensively altered by exposure to water.
Prior to the Mars Exploration Rover mission, Crisp worked on
NASA's Mars Pathfinder mission and on studies of Earth's
volcanoes. A Colorado native, she holds a bachelor's degree
in geology from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., and a
Ph.D. in geology from Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
Both lectures will begin at 7 p.m. Seating is first-come,
first-served. The Thursday lecture will be in JPL's von Karman
Auditorium. JPL is at 4800 Oak Grove Dr., off the Oak Grove
Drive exit of the 210 (Foothill) Freeway. The Friday lecture
will be in Pasadena City College's Vosloh Forum, 1570 E.
Colorado Blvd. For more information, call
(818) 354-0112. Thursday's lecture will be webcast live at
Guy Webster (818) 354-6278
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.