Free Exploring Space NASA Lecture Series–Attend in D.C. or View Online

The 2010 Exploring Space Lectures will feature world-class scholars discussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up our solar system. The lectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and are free to attend. Tickets are required. If you are unable to attend the lectures, they will be webcast live for free viewing online. Lecture videos will be archived.

Where the Hot Stuff Is: Volcanoes of the Earth and Solar System
March 11, 2009, at 8 p.m.
Rosaly Lopes, Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will discuss different types of volcanoes in the solar system. She will be emphasizing Jupiter’s moon Io, which has more than 150 active volcanic centers and the hottest lavas yet known.

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Give and Take: The Story of Martian Winds
April 7, 2010, at 8 p.m.
Mars is a vast cold desert whose red surface is swept by winds. These winds can raise enormous amounts of dust, with some storms enveloping the entire planet. Ronald Greenley of Arizona State University will use remarkable images from multiple Mars missions to discuss the power of the wind.

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Impact Cratering and the Solar System Cataclysm
April 29, 2010, at 8 p.m.
Impact cratering is a process with devastating effects on a planet and its environment. Very large impacts have the power to destroy whole oceans and life. Robert G. Strom of the University of Arizona will discuss how impacts have shaped the solar system we see today.

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Phoenix’s Arctic Adventure
June 3, 2010, at 8 p.m.
For five months in 2008, the Phoenix spacecraft studied a northern arctic plain of Mars on a quest to understand the history of water in the planet’s polar regions. Peter Smith of the University of Arizona will discuss what Phoenix taught us about water, climate cycles and habitability on Mars.

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