Curiosity: the Next Mars Rover at RAES 17 July

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I hope to make this event at the Royal Aeronautical Society next week as it looks quite interesting.

Curiosity: the Next Mars Rover

Matthew Wallace, MSL Flight Systems Manager, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

18:00-19:30 at RAES headquarters (No.4 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7BQ )

From the RAES webpage on this event:

“Over the last 15 years, the international space community has sent a bevy of spacecraft to Mars. These robotic explorers have provided a wealth of unexpected science information about our sister planet, and captured the interest of the public.

Matt Wallace will provide a look at the next Mars Rover, Curiosity. Curiosity is a car-sized vehicle launched out of Kennedy Space Center in November 2011 onboard the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft. It will reach the Red Planet early in the morning of August 6, 2012 GMT, and land using a new rocket-assisted ‘Sky Crane’ system.

Curiosity was designed to accommodate the most sophisticated suite of science instruments ever sent to the surface of Mars. Over an extended surface mission, it will search for signs of habitability, and help to answer one of the most fundamental questions in the medley of human exploration – could life exist or have existed somewhere other than our own planet?”

The lecture is free to attend and open to Members and Non Members of the RAES. You can RSVP through the RAES website or send your name and contact details to [email protected] to reserve a place.

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Dr Jill Stuart is an academic based at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is an expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation. She is a frequent presence in the global media (print, radio, television, documentary) and regularly gives lectures around the world. From 2013-2017 she was Editor in Chief of the Elsevier journal Space Policy where she remains on the Editorial Board. She is also on the Board of Advisors of METI International, conducting scientific research into messaging potential extraterrestrial intelligence. She is one of an elite number of people to be endorsed by the UK Home Office as an Exceptional Talent Migrant/ World Leader in her Field. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mead Award Lecture by the British Science Association in recognition of her cutting edge research. She is trained in both domestic and international mediation and has done consultancy work for the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. She has a sub-specialism in women, peace and security and gender based violence. She is a Trustee of Luton All Women’s Centre.