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Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Lecture: "From Earth to Mars: Steps Toward the First Human Mission to Mars"

If you are an Australian interested in exploration of Mars, there is a series of public lectures just right for you.

Dr Pascal Lee, NASA scientist and co-founder of the Mars Institute, will deliver the 2009 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Distinguished Lecture, "From Earth to Mars: Steps Toward The First Human Mission to Mars," at several locations around Australia from Monday, May 25 through Monday, June 1. These events are free and everyone is welcome.

From the press release:
Dr Lee will examine the what, why, when, and how of a human mission to Mars, with special emphasis on the how. "The first steps towards a human journey to the Red Planet are already underway, as we continue to explore extreme environments on Earth and prepare for our return to the Moon," Dr Lee has said. "Human journeys to near-Earth asteroids and to Mars' moons, Phobos and Deimos, will also help pave the way. In time, humans will be ready for their first missions to the Red Planet."

The times and locations of the lectures are:
- Brisbane: Thursday, May 28, 6:00 p.m. - Raybould Lecture Theatre, Hawken Engineering Building, Cooper Road, University of Queensland, St Lucia (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

- Canberra: Friday, May 29, 6:00 p.m. - Menzies Theatre, National Convention Centre, Constitution Avenue, Canberra (doors open at 5:45 p.m.)

- Melbourne: Monday, June 1, 6:30 p.m. - Casey Plaza Lecture Theatre, Level 4, Building #10, Bowen Street, RMIT University, Melbourne (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Flyers for the appropriate capital city with contacts etc. can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

Sorry, Sydneyites and Adelaidieans, those lectures have already been given, we missed out.

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