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@example.com to reserve a place.