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SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, December 20, 2013 7:30pm
McDonnell Hall, Washington University

Recent Results from the
Opportunity Rover Mission
to Mars
by Edward Guiness

     Dr. Edward Guinness of Washington University, will be featured at the December meeting of the St. Louis Astronomical Society. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM Friday, December 20, in McDonnell Hall, Room 162, on the Washington University campus, Saint Louis, MO 63130. McDonnell Hall is accessible from Forsyth Boulevard via Tolman Way. In January 2004, two roving robot laboratories dropped through the thin air of Mars, deployed airbags, and bounced to a safe landing. Almost ten years later, the Opportunity rover is still rolling through Martian desert terrain. The rover has been exploring the rim of a 13.6 mile wide impact crater named Endeavour since late 2011. Mars orbiting spacecraft indicate that the ancient rocks exposed on the crater rim include mica-like "phyllosilicate" outcrops. These minerals may have formed under environmental conditions that were very different from those that formed the younger rocks on the surrounding plains. The ancient rocks may be relics of a time when the air was thicker, the temperature was much warmer, and liquid water may have flowed and pooled on the surface. Dr. Guinness will talk about recent observations by Opportunity, and particularly what the robot's instruments and cameras have told us about the nature of these phyllosilicate exposures.
    Edward Guinness is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University. He has over 30 years of experience in studying Mars surface processes. He is part of the geology team that has controlled the activity of the two Mars rovers for the past ten years. An author or co-author of over 50 scientific articles, Dr. Guinness also works on many other NASA planetary missions. He helps to generate the digital archives that make data and images from spacecraft instruments
available to scientists all over the world.

January meeting: Astrophotography by Dan Crowson
February meeting: Grant Mar tin and Bill Biermann
March meeting: Bob Criss
April meeting: Matthias Beilicke
May meeting: Pamela Gay

Meeting Agenda


Introduction of Officers

Ed Guiness

Astro 101 - Binocular Mounts -

Volunteer Hours 

MSRAL 2014 Update

Sky Puppy Award
Annalise Biermann

Sky Puppy Certificate Annalise Biermann

Budget Vote

Announcements and Star Parties




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