March 13, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Bruce Jakosky, the principal investigator for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission, will share the story behind this latest mission to Mars. Jakosky is based at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado-Boulder, just one of several local connections for this major mission. MAVEN launched last November and is expected to reach the Martian orbit in September. This robotic mission will study why and how the planet evolved from having a warm, wet, thick atmosphere long ago to having a cold, dry, very thin atmosphere today. Jakosky will explain how scientists will use MAVEN data to study whether the Red Planet could have ever supported life. All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the program. Image courtesy NASA/GSFC.