Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Curiosity's Mission of Exploration at Gale Crater, Mars

Dr. John Grotzinger

California Institute of Technology

Thomas Condon Lecture

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center

The Condon Lecture, named after a pioneer of Oregon geology, helps to interpret significant scientific research for non-scientists.

Grotzinger is a geologist who studies the development of early oceans and atmospheres, and the environmental context of evolution. He served as Project Scientist for the Mars Science Lab from 2006 to 2014. He directed the deployment of the Curiosity Rover that led to discovery of an ancient lake deposit suitable for supporting a Martian biosphere. He is also well known for his work on Precambrian sedimentary rocks, especially from the "Snowball Earth" period. He is the recipient of many awards and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.

Dr. Grotzinger also presented the more technical George Moore lecture entitled "Modern carbonate and microbial environments at Ambergris Cay, Turks and Caicos islands, British West Indies" on Monday, October 3, 2016 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.

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