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Public Lecture: NASA’s Journey to Mars

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Curtin University will host a public lecture by NASA’s Dr. Ravi Margasahayam who will speak about the past, present and future exploration missions to Mars.

Wednesday 23 March 2016
6.15 pm - 8.00pm
Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre, Building 210:101 Curtin University Bentley Campus

The NASA Mars Exploration program has been making great strides in recent times, challenging what we thought we knew about the red planet and revealing a strange new world, full of endless possibilities.

Their current exploration strategy is to ‘Seek Signs of Life,’ reflecting a long-term desire to understand Mars’ potential as a habitat for past or present microbial life – are there signs of life on Mars, and could it provide a future habitat for us one day?

He will share his first-hand experience working on missions at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre and highlight the ongoing exploration of the red planet as the search for ancient life, water and habitability continues.

Seats are limited, register now and be sure not to miss this unique opportunity to gain an insight into this pioneering Mars exploration!

To register for this event please click here.

About the speaker

Dr Ravi Margasahayam has worked as an engineer at NASA for the past 25 years. Based at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA, he is the co-chair of the Ground Safety Review Panel and is responsible for ensuring the safety of the International Space Station and all the cargo and payloads sent to it.

Over his NASA career Dr Margasahayam has worked on many programs including the Space Shuttle rocket families Atlas, Delta and Titan and the X-33 prototype for a single-stage-to-orbit rocketplane. He has been involved with creating a new generation of launch vehicles in the EELV (Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle) program; and has helped develop launch vehicles – HLLV (heavy lift launch vehicles) – capable of carrying large payloads – such as an entire space station – into the Earth’s orbit.

In 1999, Dr Margasahayam helped send the STARDUST spacecraft to collect comet dust from Comet Wild 2, and in 2009 was involved the ARES 1-X project, a prototype of the Ares I designed to one day launch a crew to Mars.