CLaSP Seminar Series - Dr. Leslie Tamppari
Date: April 6, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Space Research Building Auditorium, Room 2246
Our guest for this week's CLaSP Seminar Series is Dr. Leslie Tamppari, Deputy Project Scientist for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Please join us!
Title: "The Mars Exploration Program seen through the eyes of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter"
Abstract: NASA’s Mars Exploration Program has flourished over the last 1.5 decades, with a combination of orbiters, landers, and rovers. A strength of the program is the ability for orbiters and landers to complement and support each other both scientifically and technically. In particular, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) carries six instruments that observe from deep in the sub-surface to high in the atmosphere. This complement of instruments has proven invaluable in providing the data necessary to select scientifically interesting landing sites for current and future landers and rovers, and to certify those sites for engineering safety. Once on the Martian surface, the landers or rovers provide ground truth for the orbital measurements, the orbiters relay the surface spacecraft’s data to Earth, and collaborative scientific campaigns are performed, enhancing the science of both missions. An overview of the currently operating missions at Mars will be given, with a focus on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, as well as a look forward to the next Mars rover to be launched in 2020.