||Topic - The Mars
Exploration Rovers - Robotic Geologists
The Mars Exploration Rovers - Robotic Geologists
presented by Peter Theisinger
JPL, Mars Exploration Rover Program Manager
If you wish to view a tape of this show please contact Sherri Rowe-Lopez at (818) 354-6170.
Kármán Auditorium at JPL
4800 Oak Grove Drive
||The Vosloh Forum at
Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Both lectures begin at 7 p.m. PDT
Admission is free. Seating is limited.
For more information, call (818) 354-0112.
Scheduled for separate launches between May through
June 2003, the twin Mars Exploration Rovers will embark on a
journey to explore the Red Planet in search of clues to the
planet's mysterious past. The rovers will use an airbag landing
system and will each have a robotic arm that carries a suite of
scientific instruments. Similar to their human counterparts, the
rover's suite of instruments or "geologic tool-kit" includes a
Rock Abrasion Tool, which serves the same purposeas the
geologists' rock hammer and a Microscopic imager, similar to the
geologists'magnifying lens. This presentation will focus on the
post landing missionplans for the Mars Exploration Rovers when
the rovers arrive in January 2004.