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Penny King: "Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover"

Penny has been kind enough to agree to address our members and friends at the 22nd Annual South Pacific Star Party, 22-25 May 2014. Here is some information about her talk and her work.

Title: Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover

Abstract: The Curiosity Rover has been exploring the surface of Mars since August 2012.  The talk will cover some of the exciting findings and introduce some of the reasons for exploring Mars to search for signs of habitability.

Dr. Penny King's Research interests

Origin and evolution of planetary interiors and surfaces. Effect of volatiles, pH and oxygen fugacity on minerals and melts at high and low temperature. Parameters that affect spectroscopic features of glasses, sulfates and meteorites. Analysis of astromaterials - especially novel techniques for analyzing light elements, multivalent elements and trace elements - to better constrain genetic processes. Field analogs for Mars, Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede.

Researcher's projects

Dr. Penny King's research group examines surface and interior processes on planetary bodies. To achieve this goal, her research group attempts to understand the fundamental geochemical aspects of astromaterials under different conditions. Knowing how materials behave under different conditions allows us to predict planetary environments (in the past and future) and to make better tools to explore our solar system.

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