[ASC-list] AIAA Distinguished Lecture, Dr Pascal Lee, "From Earth to Mars"

Lynelle Ross l.ross at smp.uq.edu.au
Mon May 25 06:16:02 UTC 2009

>> The American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics (AIAA) and The  
>> University of Queensland proudly present the 2009 AIAA  
>> Distinguished Lecture...
>> FROM EARTH TO MARS: Steps Towards The First Human Mission To The  
>> Red Planet
>> by Dr Pascal Lee - Director of the Haughton-Mars Project, NASA Ames  
>> Research Center
>> Join Dr Pascal Lee for a fascinating insight into the cutting-edge  
>> technologies and exploration strategies being developed in  
>> preparation for the first human mission to the Red Planet. Find out  
>> about the what, why, when and how of exploring Mars.
>> This public lecture is FREE and ALL are welcome.
>> Date: Thursday 28th May
>> Time: 5:30 for 6:00pm start
>> Location: Raybould Lecture Theatre, Room 50-T203, Hawken  
>> Engineering Building, Cooper Road, University of Queensland, St Lucia
>> Map: Can be found at http://www.uq.edu.au/maps/pdf/StLuciaMap.pdf.  
>> The Hawken Engineering Building is #50 and is in grid reference I11.
>> For more information: Contact Mr Mark Bateup via mark.bateup2 at dsto.defence.gov.au 
>> , Professor Michael Smart via m.smart at uq.edu.au or visithttp://www.aiaa.org/portal/sydney
>> A flyer with all the details can be downloaded at http://www.aiaa.org/Participate/Uploads/From 
>>  Earth to Mars% - Brisbane.pdf and the full talk abstract and Dr  
>> Lee's biography are below. Feel free to forward details of this  
>> event to others who may be interested. ALL are welcome. Apologies  
>> if you receive this more than once.
>> This event is part of a national lecture tour organised by the AIAA  
>> Sydney Section with funding through the AIAA Distinguished Lecturer  
>> Program. For more information visit http://www.aiaa.org/portal/ 
>> sydney.
>> This event is also kindly supported by the University of Queensland.
>> --------------------------------------------------------
>> Talk Abstract
>> The first human mission to Mars will likely be humanity’s greatest  
>> undertaking in space exploration in the 21st century. As with all  
>> expeditions, its success will depend critically on preparation. The  
>> first steps towards a human journey to the Red Planet are already  
>> underway, as we continue to explore extreme environments on Earth  
>> and prepare for our return to the Moon. Human journeys to near- 
>> Earth asteroids and to the moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, will  
>> also help pave the way. In time, humans will be ready for their  
>> first missions to the Red Planet.
>> Dr Pascal Lee will discuss progress being made around the world to  
>> achieve these milestones. He will examine the what, why, when, who,  
>> and how of a human mission to Mars, and most importantly, he will  
>> explain the how.
>> About Dr Pascal Lee
>> Dr Pascal Lee is Chairman of the Mars Institute, a planetary  
>> scientist with the SETI Institute, and the Director of the Haughton- 
>> Mars Project at NASA Ames ResearchCenter. He has worked extensively  
>> in the Arctic and Antarctica, viewed as “analogs” for the Moon and  
>> Mars. He first proposed the Cold Early Mars Model based on his  
>> geological field work in Earth’s polar regions. Dr Lee was recently  
>> scientist/pilot in the first field test of NASA’s new Lunar  
>> Electric Rover, a small pressurised rover concept currently under  
>> development for the return of humans to the Moon.

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