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MSRAL 2006 Convention

SLAS Regular Meeting
Friday, May 15, 2015 7:30pm
McDonnell Hall, Washington University

Opportunity and Water on
the Meridiani Plains
Kathryn Powell
Washington University

Although the five robot spacecraft now orbiting Mars provide global coverage in great detail of the Martian surface and atmosphere, the two functioning Mars rovers are the hands-on robotic geologists. The Opportunity rover, now in its eleventh year of operation, is studying the rim of Endeavour crater. It continues to uncover pieces of the past history of Mars, especially related to the presence and disappearance of water. Kathryn Powell will talk about the Opportunity rover mission, show some of the images
of the surface of Mars, and highlight some of their important discoveries.

Kathryn Powell is a PhD student in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences at
Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her B.S. in Astrophysics from Rice
University in 2013, and her A.M. in Earth& Planetary Sciences from Wash U in 2015.
Kathryn is a member of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity science team. Her research at Wash U focuses on reconstructing ancient Martian environments using remote sensing and rover observations. She aspires to lead the next generation of robotic exploration in the solar system.


Meeting Agenda


Introduction of Officers and Visitors

Main Speaker:  Kathryn Powell

Astro 101 Mission Control Report - Brad Waller

AL Observing Awards

Astronomy Magazine 2014 Out-of-this-world Award - $2500
Link to announcement

4 Library Telescopes entered into the Loaner Scope program

Elections -
President - Jim Small
Vice President - Paul Baldwin
Secretary - Mark Jones
Treasurer - Bill Winningham
Membership/Hospitaility - Larry Campbell
Board Member at Large - Brian Mills


Star Parties

MSRAL 2015 May 29-31. Registration now open $36

ALCON  July 8-12  Las Cruces, NM

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