Winona State University will host “The Curiosity Rover at One Mars Year” with Sarah Milkovich, science systems engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, in the Science Laboratory Center 120. This event is part of the Earth Talks series.

The lecture will focus on The Curiosity rover that landed at Gale Crater, Mars, on Aug. 5, 2012, kicking off the one Mars year (two Earth years) exploration of the crater floor and a mountain of layered rocks and sediment inside the crater to determine if Mars was ever habitable. Scientists are using the rover’s onboard laboratory to study rocks, soils, and the local geologic setting to assess what the Martian environment was like in the past.

This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the WSU Astronomy Club and the Geoscience Department.

For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at JLAnderson@winona.edu.

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