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Exploring The Unknown - To Mars and Beyond

Exploring The Unknown - To Mars and Beyond

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  • Mon 24 Mar ’14, 6:30pm – 7:30pm


TSB Auditorium (Shed 6), Queens Wharf, Wellington


All Ages

NASA space explorer Dr Charles Elachi is visiting New Zealand to give free, public lectures as this year's Pickering Lecture speaker for The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ).

Exploring The Unknown - free entry and no registration or RSVP required

Exploring Space
In this hour long lecture, Dr Elachi, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in California, will explain his work exploring our solar system including current missions in development and the 2013 mission to Mars that he lead, when a rover called Curiosity successfully made the near-impossible landing on our sister planet.

New Zealand's contribution to space exploration
The internationally-recognised space expert has agreed to visit New Zealand, hoping to inspire others into engineering and science for a career in space, to honour his former colleague and New Zealander Sir William Pickering, who was Director of JPL before Dir Elachi.

Robotic in space
Hear about Dr Elachi's work developing robotic explorers to help mankind go where no one has gone before. The Curiosity rover, a one-tonne, $2.5 billion machine, landed at Mars' Gale Crater in 2013. JPL currently has 23 spacecraft which it monitors across the solar system, but the Mars landing was an example of leading-edge engineering at its best, Dr Elachi says.

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