Five Years of Exploring Gale Crater with the Curiosity Mars Rover
July 13 & 14
Nearly five years after its celebrated arrival at Mars, the Curiosity rover continues to reveal Mars as a once-habitable planet. Early in the planet’s history, generations of streams and lakes created the landforms that Curiosity explores today. The rover currently is climbing through the foothills of Mount Sharp, a 3-miile-high mountain formed from sediment brought in by water and wind. This talk will cover the latest findings from the mission, the challenges of exploration with an aging robot, and what lies ahead.
James K. Erickson, Mars Science Laboratory Project Manager, JPL
Dr. Ashwin R. Vasavada, Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist, JPL