Mars researcher Steven Squyres here next week for UH Manoa Distinguished Lecture Series

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Victoria Hamilton, (808) 956-3152
Hawaiʻi Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
David Baker, (808) 956-9405
UH Manoa Department of English
Posted: Jan 12, 2006

One of the nation‘s pre-eminent planetary exploration and research scientists — Steven Squyres — will inaugurate the 2006 UH Manoa Distinguished Lecture Series with a public presentation next week. Squyres is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy in Cornell University‘s astronomy department. His research focuses on the large solid bodies of the solar system, and he is perhaps best known for his work to explore the planet Mars.

His presentation in the lecture series will be on the topic "Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet," beginning at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 19, at the UH Manoa Campus Center Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Squyres has participated in numerous planetary spaceflight missions. He was an associate of the Voyager imaging science team, a radar investigator on the Magellan mission to Venus, a member of the Mars Odyssey gamma-ray spectrometer flight investigation team, and a co-investigator on the Mars Express. Squyres is also currently the scientific principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover Project.

Host department for this month‘s Manoa Distinguished Lecture presentation is the Hawaiʻi Institute for Geophysics and Planetology with the co-sponsorship of the Cornell Club of Hawaiʻi.

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