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Jennifer Kremer/Mike Mewhinney
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
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March 7, 2005
NASA Launches New Exploration Lecture Series Season
Author and explorer John F. Ross will discuss NASA's plans to return to the moon and then explore Mars, at a free public talk on March 15 at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Ross' talk, featuring the theme 'extreme exploration: the science of risk,' will kick off another season of the NASA Research Park (NRP) Exploration Lecture Series. The lecture, which will address the challenges of space radiation, micrometeorites and other environmental hazards, will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. PST in Bldg. 943's Eagle Room, located just outside the NASA Ames main gate.

"We are pleased to launch the 2005 NRP lecture season with a speaker who will focus on the rewards and challenges of exploration," said NRP division chief Mejghan Haider. "NASA's assessment of risk is part of the 'success' equation of exploring the moon, Mars and beyond."

Ross has reported on science and exploration for Smithsonian magazine, been a producer for CBS News' "Face the Nation" and traveled the world researching stories. In 1999, he authored "Living Dangerously: Navigating the Risks of Everyday Life," a book about risk and culture.

A member of the Explorer's Club of New York, he has been awarded cable television's ACE award for television documentaries. As a writer, Ross has traveled extensively. He has dog-sledded with the Polar Inuit in Greenland, lived with nomadic reindeer herders in Siberia, chased scorpions in Baja, Mexico and dived 3,000 feet in the Galapagos -- all in pursuit of stories. Ross' work has appeared in Reader's Digest, the New York Times and Newsweek magazine.

The NRP lecture series features top researchers and academics who have examined new technologies for human and robot-based exploration, as well as ongoing and planned space exploration missions.

To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off Highway 101. Seating at the lectures is on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more about future lectures in the series, please visit:

NASA Research Park, located at NASA Ames near Mountain View, Calif., is a shared-use R&D and education campus, which is based on partnerships among universities, industry and non-profits. Initial NRP research collaborations include astrobiology, information technology and nanotechnology.


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