Celebrate the historic landing of Curiosity Rover on 6th of August at VSSEC

Celebrate the historic landing of Curiosity Rover on the 6th of August at VSSEC

Be there as Curiosity lands on Mars, meet Mars experts and help to Launch Engineering Week.

Australia is playing a key role in the landing of the NASA Curiosity Rover, on Mars.  Curiosity is the most sophisticated robot to be sent to Mars and the NASA Deep Space Tracking Station at Tidbinbilla will the first to receive the signals.  Celebrate this momentous occasion and the launch of Engineering Week at VSSEC.  Drive the VSSEC Mars Rover, the first rover developed purely for educational purposes.Meet Marion Anderson, a scientist from Monash University involved in the selection of the Curiosity Mars Rover landing site.  Speak with Dr Adrian Brown, an Australian working on Mars research, live from NASA.  See how VSSEC is developing Australia’s own science and engineering future workforce.
This landing represents one of the more important Human Engineering Feats of the decade; you and your family are invited to celebrate this event with us.  Be part of history as Curiosity lands, meet Australian scientists and engineers working in Space research and have some fun with some great hands-on activities.Please click onto this link to register for this event:
https://events.engineersaustralia.org.au/ei/getdemo.ei?id=1383&s=_Z040XXZRHIf you are unable to join us on the day, stay tuned to the event with our live Ustream broadcast:


 Dr Adrian Brown is a planetary scientist working at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. His fields of research include Mars, astrobiology and remote sensing spectroscopy with a focus on the analysis of data from the "CRISM" instrument on-board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.    Adrian is the coordinator of the SETI Institute Seminar series - a weekly science talk from cutting edge researchers in the Northern California region and he also helps teach an online planetary science course at the Astronomy Department of Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia; Adrian is also involved in the running of the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize.
 Marion Anderson is a lecturer and first year coordinator at Monash University Clayton.  Marion’s fields of research are the early evolution of life and the mineralogy and geomorphology of Mars.  Marion is also a member of the site selection committees responsible for the selection of the landing locatlities of the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers and for the selection of Gale Crater, Curiosity’s Martian destination and has been so since the Spririt and Opportunity MER misisons.
  Franceso Pignatale holds a Masters in Astronomy from the University of Bologna, Italy,  focusing on procedures of spectral analysis  and the chemical evolution of globular clusters.  He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) at Swinburne University, Melbourne.  Francesco works on the physical chemistry of our prehistoric solar system, and the formation of the very first dust grains that were formed at the birth of our solar system.