Exploring Mars Presentation by Dr. Geoffrey Landis
Since ancient times, Mars, the red planet, has fascinated humans. The next planet outwards in our solar system, Mars is in some ways the most similar to Earth of all the planets, and yet also completely different, a planet featuring the largest volcano in the solar system as well as a continent-spanning “Grand Canyon.” Dr. Geoffrey Landis will discuss the history of exploring Mars with telescopes, space probes and rovers, what we have learned about the red planet (and what we have yet to learn) and the possibilities of future human missions to explore and settle Mars. Landis is a scientist at the NASA Glenn Research Center who works on developing advanced technologies for exploring space. He served as a member of the Sojourner rover team on the Mars Pathfinder mission and currently is part of the science team of the Mars Exploration Rovers mission, which is now starting its fourteenth year of operating the rover “Opportunity” on the surface of Mars.