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Event: [May 16, 2016] Curiosity on Mars - The adventures of a planetary... (Christchurch, Canterbury)

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by Grant, May 4, 2016.

Curiosity on Mars - The adventures of a planetary Rover
Posted By Grant

A1, North Arts Lecture Block, Ilam Campus, University of Canterbury
University Dr, Ilam, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 06:00 PM
(ends Monday, May 16, 2016 - 07:00 PM)
Timezone: Pacific/Auckland

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  1. Grant

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    At an upcoming UC Connect public lecture, Cantabrians will see Martian scenery and learn about NASA rover Curiosity's most interesting discoveries along its traverse from the landing site toward the central resurgent dome, Mount Sharp, from senior NASA Mars scientist Dr Jen Blank.

    The UC Connect public lecture series offers the community the opportunity to attend topical, interesting, educational lectures on a range of topics given by experts in their fields.
    Please note that this is NOT a CAS event, but something we thought you may feel of interest.

    Tickets are FREE but you MUST register here UC Connect: Curiosity on Mars - The Adventures of a Planetary Rover


    The most recent rover to arrive on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover has been exploring an ancient impact crater on the red planet for almost four years. NASA scientist Dr Blank is a member of Curiosity's Science Team and has operational roles as the science payload upload and downlink lead for ChemCam, the instrument suite on the rover that includes the first interplanetary laser.

    Dr Blank is an astrobiologist working at the NASA Ames Research Center located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Trained as a geochemist and experimental petrologist, she has expertise in chemical and thermodynamical analysis of fluids and rocks, and petrographic and geochemical analysis of rocks and minerals. She has designed and conducted fundamental experiments to determine solubilities of volatiles (carbon dioxide and water) in magmas as well as the partitioning of carbon isotopes between gas and melt phases in igneous systems.

    These days, Dr Blank studies Mars analog environments on Earth and works with colleagues to characterise the interplay between mineralogy, fluid chemistry, and microbial ecology in serpentinised, ultramafic terrains. She is currently studying sinter deposits in high-altitude warm springs (Pampa Lirima, Chile), cold springs and carbonates associated with ultramafic terrain (Del Puerto Ophiolite, California USA), and lava tube caves (Lava Beds National Monuments, California USA).

    Dr Blank is a regular review panellist for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Research Program that funds NASA-sponsored astrobiology, planetary, and space science research. She is a technical advisor to the NASA Astrobiology Institute headquarters, situated at NASA Ames, and a member of NASA’s “Methane on Mars” working group.

    Dr Blank has participated in the NASA-inspired educational program, Spaceward Bound, in the Pillbara (Australia) and the Taupo Volcanic Zone (New Zealand’s inaugural expedition) and served as Chief Scientist and First Officer for the Mars Desert Research Station Rotation 123. She has mentored undergraduate and graduate students and teaches an annual field course, Fundamentals of Geothermal Systems (in Nevados de Chillán, Central Andes, Chile) for the University of Chile Geology Department. She has co-authored more than 40 journal publications and more than 100 conference abstracts and presentations.

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    Anyone else going this evening?
     
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    Interesting lecture. Great to see a few faces amongst the crowd. If you went what did you take from the lecture? What were the good and bad bits? Anything float your boat? Discuss.....
     

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