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Mars Madness

Part of Frontiers Lectures

Monday, March 2, 2020

Mars rover landing Credit: NASA-JPL-Caltech
NASA's Mars 2020 rover mission is set to launch in the summer of 2020.

It will explore the planet's geology, test for signs of life, and analyze the potential habitability of Earth's neighboring world for humans, all while collecting samples to bring back home. Join mission scientist and Brown University professor Jack Mustard to discover how the landing site was chosen and discover how Mars 2020 is already setting the stage for future trips to the red planet.

In 2020, the Museum is celebrating the legacy of Charles Hayden, whose vision made the Hayden Planetarium possible and brought the universe to New York City.

Please note: There is no late seating in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Guests arriving after the program starts will not be permitted to enter the dome.

Meet the Speaker

Headshot of Jack Mustard

Professor Jack Mustard joined the faculty of Brown University in July 1996. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of British Columbia in 1984 and a Ph.D degree from Brown University in 1990. His interdisciplinary research seeks to understand the processes that modify and shape the surface of the Earth and other planetary bodies through exploration about their composition. For Earth, this involves studying coupled natural-human systems while for planets such as Mars and the Moon this is through the study minerals on the surface and their chemistry. 

Dr. Mustard has been involved in the exploration of Mars since 1989 and is the Deputy Principal Investigator of the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and was a member of OMEGA team on European Mars Express orbiter as well as a member of the Moon Mineralogy Mapper on the Indian Chandryann spacecraft 2005-2012. He has served on committees for NASA and the National Academy of Sciences and he chaired the Mars 2020 Science Definition Team in 2014.  Dr. Mustard has been honored with the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal in 2012, elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011 and elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2014.

Worlds Beyond Earth is dedicated to the memory of Charles Hayden in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth and made possible by the generous support of the Charles Hayden Foundation.

Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

Selected Hayden Planetarium Programs are sponsored by JetBlue.