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Kathleen Burton

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. Jan.18 2002

(Phone: 650/604-1731 or 650/604-9000)


Members of the news media and public are invited to attend the third talk in the 2001-2002 Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series to be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. PST at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theater, Los Altos Hills, Calif. More information is available by calling the series hotline at 650/949-7888.


‘Following the Water: The New Program for Mars Exploration’ –including recent discoveries about the red planet and the roster of Mars missions being planned —- will be the topic of a free, non-technical talk at 7 p.m. PST on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. The public is invited.

Scott Hubbard, deputy director for research at NASA Ames Research Center, will deliver the lecture. Hubbard recently returned to Ames after serving as the first Mars program director at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

"The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series is a valuable resource for the community, bringing the latest scientific research in astrobiology and astronomy to a wide audience," said NASA Ames Director Dr. Henry McDonald.

At Ames, Hubbard is responsible for organizing, directing and implementing research efforts that further the strategic plans of the center. Prior to his assignment at NASA headquarters, Hubbard served as the Ames associate director for astrobiology and space programs, interim director of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute (NAI) and manager of the agency's Lunar Prospector mission. He also is credited with creating NASA’s Mars Pathfinder mission.

Prior to coming to Ames in 1987, Hubbard was vice president and general manager of Canberra Semiconductor and a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Hubbard received a bachelor’s degree in physics and astronomy from Vanderbilt University and did graduate studies in semiconductor physics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Hubbard has been awarded four NASA medals: twice the Outstanding Leadership Medal and twice the Exceptional Achievement Medal. He also has twice been awarded Laurels by Aviation Week magazine. Hubbard was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics, is an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is the author of more than 40 papers on space missions and related subjects.

Additional information about NASA's Mars exploration strategy can be found at: and at


This is the third talk in this year's Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, co-sponsored by NASA Ames, Foothill College’s Division of Physical Science, Mathematics and Engineering, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute.

The Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series is held at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theater in Los Altos Hills. From Interstate 280, exit at El Monte Road and travel west to the campus. Visitors must purchase a one-day campus parking permit for $2.

Admission is free and the public is invited. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Children over the age of 13 are welcome. More information is available by calling the series hotline at 650/949-7888.



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