Dr. Edward A. Guinness of
Washington University, will be featured at the May meeting of the St.
Louis Astronomical Society. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm Friday,
May 20, in McDonnell Hall, Room 162, on the Washington University campus.
McDonnell Hall is accessible from Forsyth Boulevard via Tolman Way.
Dr. Guinness will talk about
the continuing exploration of the planet Mars, particularly using remote-control
robotic rovers. In January, 2004, two Mars Exploration Rovers (MER)
touched down on the Martian surface. Both are still operating, returning
images and information from opposite sides of the Red Planet. Dr. Guinness
will present some of the results of these highly successful missions.
He will describe the scientific instruments on board the MER robots,
and explain how they are being used to answer important questions about
the origin and evolution of the Red Planet. He will also preview the
next stages in the exploration of Mars and the role that St. Louis scientists
will continue to play in future NASA spacecraft missions.
The St. Louis Astronomical Society is an organization for individuals interested in astronomy and telescopes. The public is invited to attend its meetings, telescope observing sessions, and special events.