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Presentation by NASA's Dr. Michael Meyer

NASA Mars picture

Special Presentation to the Northern Community
Dr. Michael Meyer, Lead Scientist
NASA Mars Exploration Program

Friday, May 17, 2013, 1:00 PM
Nick Salazar Center for Fine Arts Auditorium

"I have been extraordinarily fortunate in the opportunities to do research from oceans to deserts to space, all in pursuit of fundamental questions about our beginnings and our place in the Universe" exclaims Picture of Dr. Michael MeyerMeyer, "and when you consider the wonderful people I work with, I can't think of a better job."

Dr. Michael A. Meyer has been the lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program, at NASA Headquarters in Washington. He oversees the program's science operations and planning. Previously, he was NASA's senior scientist for astrobiology and program scientist for the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission. Meyer earned his master's and doctorate degrees in oceanography from Texas A&M University, College Station, and a bachelor's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y. His research emphasis has been in microorganisms living in extreme environments.

Curiosity is a car-sized robotic rover exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. Curiosity was launched in 2011 and successfully landed on Mars in August 2012. The rover's goals include: investigation of the Martian climate and geology; assessment of whether the selected field site has offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life, including investigation of the role of water; and planetary habitability studies preparing for future human exploration.