Steven Squyres, head of the Mars Exploration Rover project that was launched in 2003, is coming to the University of Charleston in Thursday, May 7, to talk about the story of the project, the challenges they faced, and the trials of of operating rovers in the red planet.
Squyres is an astronomy professor at Cornell University, and has worked for NASA starting in 1981. He started working on the Mars rovers “Opportunity” and “Spirit,” in 1987, finally launching in 2003, and landing in Mars January of 2004. The Spirit rover lasted for six years, while the Opportunity rover is still in operation until now.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration continues to study Mars, via these rover who continually collects samples and sends the data back to Earth. Squyres has written a book about his projects in 2005 — “Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity and the Exploration of the Red Planet.”
The presentation will be at the Geary Auditorium in Riggleman Hall at the University of Charleston, and will start at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.