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Mars explorer to discuss rover project, April 20

Steven Squyres, a principal investigator on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project, will discuss that mission during the 2005 Evnin Lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in Reynolds Auditorium, McDonnell Hall.

Squyres, also the Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University, has participated in a number of NASA's planetary spaceflight missions. Currently, he leads a team of some 170 people at NASA and is responsible for the scientific activities of the Opportunity and Spirit rovers.

The mobile robots landed on Mars in January 2004 and completed their three-month primary missions in April of that year. Since then, they have surprised even their designers with how well they continue operating. Earlier this month, NASA approved up to 18 more months of operations for the rovers, which have made major discoveries about ancient watery environments on Mars that might have harbored life.

The lecture is presented by the Council on Science and Technology.

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