NASA’s journey to Mars ft. Dr Ellen Stofan, NASA Chief Scientist

Friday 14 November 2014

Science Museum IMAX
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2DD

Suitable for:
Ages 16+

Event description

Campaign for Science and Engineering Annual Distinguished Lecture 2014

The NASA Chief Scientist Dr Ellen Stofan will provide an overview of the agency’s plans to develop a human exploration pathway to Mars, and highlights of other NASA science programs, including a human mission to an asteroid, and opportunities for international co-operation.

Registration is from 18:30 with the lecture beginning at 19:00. After the lecture, there will be a drinks reception amongst the exhibits of the Science Museum. The event will finish at around 21.30.

The CaSE Annual General Meeting will be held before the lecture at 17:30, we will discuss CaSE’s activities and finances, and appoint new board members. The AGM is open to all individual and organisational members. We will then email the AGM papers to all those registered.

Please note, if the Annual Lecture sells out, priority will be given to CaSE members. To find out more about CaSE membership see here.

Kindly hosted by the Science Museum and sponsored by the Science & Technology Facilities Council, The Royal Astronomical Society, and University College London.

Speaker profile

Dr Ellen Stofan was appointed NASA chief scientist on 25 August 2013, serving as principal advisor to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency’s science programs and science-related strategic planning and investments.

Prior to her appointment, Stofan was vice president of Proxemy Research in Laytonsville, Md., and honorary professor in the department of Earth sciences at University College London in England. Her research has focused on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn’s moon Titan, and Earth. Stofan is an associate member of the Cassini Mission to Saturn Radar Team and a co-investigator on the Mars Express Mission’s MARSIS sounder. She also was principal investigator on the Titan Mare Explorer, a proposed mission to send a floating lander to a sea on Titan.

Her appointment as chief scientist marks a return to NASA for Dr Stofan. From 1991 through 2000, she held a number of senior scientist positions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, including chief scientist for NASA’s New Millennium Program, deputy project scientist for the Magellan Mission to Venus, and experiment scientist for SIR-C, an instrument that provided radar images of Earth on two shuttle flights in 1994.

Stofan holds master and doctorate degrees in geological sciences from Brown University in Providence, R.I., and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. She has received many awards and honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Stofan has authored and published numerous professional papers, books and book chapters, and has chaired committees including the National Research Council Inner Planets Panel for the recent Planetary Science Decadal Survey and the Venus Exploration Analysis Group.

Source: NASA

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