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Mars Rover (NASA)

Mars Rover (NASA)

If you’re like me, you’ve been following NASA’s desperate attempt to free Spirit, and the ongoing roving of the rugged little Opportunity. These two rovers, with Captain Jack like habits of not dying, are in part the creation of Steven Squyres. Next week, on Wednesday night, Squyres will be giving a talk here at SIUE. Come give him a listen?

Here are the details:

Steven Squyres
“Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet”
Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m.
Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center
Sponsored by the Shaw Memorial Fund

Steve Squyres is the man responsible for taking us to the Red Planet and igniting a new firestorm of interest in space exploration. “Spirit and Opportunity” have always been prominent in the life of Squyres, best known as the face and voice of NASA’s spectacular mission to Mars using two high-tech robotic rovers. Spearheading a team of 3,000 and a budget of $800 million, the acclaimed scientist and principal investigator of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program will detail how he turned what seemed like an improbable dream into a reality. With a compelling voice and never before seen photos he will discuss the risks taken, the mistakes made and how the project’s goals were ultimately achieved.

Mars Rover  (credit: NASA)

Mars Rover (credit: NASA)

For tickets, visit the Fine Arts Box Office in Dunham Hall, the Information Booth in the Morris University Center, call (618) 650-5774, or visit http://artsandissues.com/artsandissues/Steven_Squyres.shtml