Fermilab Lecture Series: NASA’s Michael Meyer talks life on Mars – Sept. 13

NASA’s Michael Meyer will give a lecture on the possibility of life on Mars in Ramsey Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 13. Photo: NASA

On Aug. 6, 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover touched down on Mars. The event was greeted with great fanfare as people around the world tuned in to watch the landing. Curiosity could very well be the thing that would uncover conditions favorable for life on Earth’s sister planet.

This Friday at 8 p.m. in Ramsey Auditorium, NASA’s lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program, Michael Meyer, will present the latest discoveries on Mars, including those revealed by Curiosity. The Mars program has been able to achieve a series of highly successful interconnected missions to investigate the biological potential of Mars. Curiosity, the first astrobiology mission since Viking, is the culmination of this series. Curiosity is on a mission to explore Gale Crater and the slopes of Mt. Sharp, with the task of determining present and past environments and whether any could have ever supported microbial life.

Michael Meyer works at NASA headquarters and is responsible for the science conducted by NASA’s ongoing and developing Mars missions. As the former head of Astrobiology and NASA’s planetary protection officer, Meyer has a unique view of Mars exploration and its potential.

Tickets are $7. For more information or to reserve a seat, visit the Fermilab Lecture Series Web page.