NASA Scientists Speak at VSSEC

Mars Science Laboratory Mission: The Search for Methane and Carbonate on Mars - and the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize

Dr. Adrian Brown, NASA Ames Research Center / SETI Institute and Dr. Jennifer Heldmann, NASA Ames Research Center

Friday 9th July 6:30 - 7:30pm @ VSSEC

The [intlink id="361" type="page"]VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize[/intlink] gives an Australian university student the opportunity to participate in a 10 week NASA Academy Program and work on a current NASA project with leading scientists and engineers. The 2009 winner, Elizabeth Blaber will analyse space flown stem cells to investigate “The Influence of Spaceflight Factors on Biological Function” under the direction of Dr. Eduardo Almeida. Follow Elizabeth's blog

The Prize is open to final year and honors students. Entries are sought in five categories: Space Engineering; Geology and Planetary Geology; Biology and Human Physiology; Data Processing and Electronics; Space Physics and Astrophysics.

Dr. Adrian Brown is a research scientist at NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA. He is a graduate from the Australian Centre for Astrobiology at Macquarie University, where he worked on mapping hydrothermal systems in the 3.5 billion year old rocks of the Pilbara in Western Australia. Adrian is currently working on the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer (CRISM) on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Dr Jennifer Heldmann is a research scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center. She obtained her PhD from University of Colorado, where she studied the nature of gully features on Mars. She is currently working on the Lunar CROSS Mission, which impacted the Moon on the 9th October 2009 in search of water in the Moon's poles. Jennifer is a graduate and former staff member of the NASA Ames Academy.

Dates and Venues

Brisbane: Wednesday 30th June (Dr. Brown only)
In association with AeroSpaceFutures
Rydges South Bank

Sydney: Thursday 1st July (Dr. Brown only)
Everyone welcome. No booking necessary.
UNSW, Biological Sciences Building, 1st floor, Biomed B Theatre

Canberra: Monday 5th July (Dr. Heldmann only)
In association with Australian Earth Sciences Careers Night
Everyone welcome. No booking necessary.
Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, Geoscience Australia, Cnr Jerrabomberra & Hindmarsh Drv.

Adelaide: Monday 5th July (Dr. Brown only)
Everyone welcome. No booking necessary.
RiAus, Science Exchange, Exchange Place, Adelaide

Melbourne: Friday 9th July (Dr. Brown & Dr. Heldmann)
In association with Australian Mars Exploration Conference
Victorian Space Science Education Centre
Everyone welcome email to reserve a seat