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The von Kármán Lecture Series: 2007

Mars Rovers: Two Thousand Sunsets on Mars
Jan. 25 & 26, 2007
January 2004. Twin Rovers landed on opposite sides of Mars. Each Rover was to explore the surface for 90 days. Three years later, each rover approaches their third anniversary with exciting new areas to explore.
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The Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt: Coming This Summer to a Solar System Near You
Feb. 22 & 23, 2007
NASA's next venture into the solar system is the Dawn mission, planned for launch in June 2007.
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MRO: New Details of Young and Old Mars
Mar. 22 & 23, 2007
Launched August 12, 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter finished its aerobraking phase on August 30, 2006.
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MRO: New Details of Young and Old Mars

Hot Topic, Cool Science: The Greenhouse Effect and the Orbiting Carbon Observatory
Apr. 12 & 13, 2007
Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere by fossil fuel combustion and other human activities.
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The Greenhouse Effect and the Orbiting Carbon Observatory

The Search for Earth-like Planets: Looking for Signs of Life
May 10 & 11, 2007
In the vast blackness of space, our home planet is a single sparkling oasis of life.
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The Search for Earth-like Planets

Phoenix: A Science and Weather Station on Mars
June 21 & 22, 2007
Launching in August 2007 for arrival in late May 2008, the Phoenix mission will bring 11 science experiments to explore the nothern near-polar environment on Mars.
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A Science and Weather Station on Mars

The International Geophysical Year: Igniting a Revolution in American Science Launching Science into Space
July 19 & 20, 2007
In 1952, a group of American scientists decided the world scientific community should undertake a third International Polar Year (IPY), building on those carried out in 1882–1883 and 1932–1933.
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The International Geophysical Year

Saturn's Moon Enceladus: A Small, Cold Moon with a Warm Spot
Aug. 16 & 17
Active volcanism has been known to exist on just three solar system bodies — Earth, Jupiter’s moon Io, and possibly Neptune’s moon Triton
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Voyager: 30 Years in Space The Outer Planets and Far Beyond
Sept. 20 & 21
Launched in 1977, the twin Voyager spacecraft were assigned an ambitious mission — to explore the giant outer planets.
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Voyager: 30 Years in Space The Outer Planets and Far Beyond

Predicting Climate Change: Removing the Mystery
Oct 18 & 19
Meeting the challenge of predicting climate change involves the collaboration of many different types of scientists.
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The Hidden Ocean of Europa: Beneath the Frozen Surface
Nov 15 & 16, 2007
Jupiter’s moon Europa may be a habitable world. Evidence points strongly to a global subsurface ocean beneath an ice shell.
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The Hidden Ocean of Europa

CHICOS: Detecting Ultra-High-Energy Cosmic Rays
Dec. 7 & 8
The California High School Cosmic Ray Observatory (CHICOS) project is a research array for the detection of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays — single subatomic particles that slam into Earth’s atmosphere with the energy of a brick falling from a rooftop.
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CHICOS: Detecting Ultra-High-Energy Cosmic Rays
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