Curiosity examining a rock on Mars (artist’s concept)
AGU holds an annual public lecture on a hot topic in Earth and/or space science at its annual meeting in San Francisco.
Public Lecture at Fall Meeting 2012: Curiosity Driven Mars Exploration
New! Watch a video of our 2012 Public Lecture, including interviews with the panelists.
Why explore Mars? And why the rover Curiosity
– Michael Meyer, Lead Scientist for the Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters
Location, location, location: Prime real estate for exploration, nestled in Gale Crater with panoramic views of Mount Sharp
– John Grotzinger, Program Scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
A day in the life of Mars exploration
– Rebecca Williams, Participating Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory, Planetary Science Institute
This panel of three Mars scientists engaged the public in a discussion of Mars exploration and the latest activities of the rover Curiosity – the most sophisticated explorer ever sent to another planet. The panelists discussed the hopes and excitement of exploring Mars through a robot’s eyes, nose, taste, and touch.