Sunday, August 19, 2012, 6:30 pm in the Main Yurt
Harold Geller, George Mason University
On August 5, 2012, the Mars Science Laboratory is due to deliver the Curiosity Rover to Mars. Curiosity will be the largest rover to explore the surface of Mars. Dr. Geller will give an overview of the history of the exploration of Mars and conclude with a description of the Mars Science Laboratory and pictures of the Curiosity Rover.
Dr. Harold A. Geller is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. He has been Associate Professor of Astronomy and Observatory Director at George Mason University (GMU). He has taught astronomy for over 20 years. In 2010 he shared in four Telly Awards and in 2009 two Telly Awards for a series of online videos with Astrocast.TV. In 2008 Dr. Geller was awarded the GMU Faculty Member of the Year, the same year he published a book on astrobiology. Other past achievements include award winning tour guide and lecturer with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; past President of the Potomac Geophysical Society; developer of two educational multimedia CD-ROMs; faculty at Northern Virginia Community College; doctoral fellow of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; and, lecturer/operator at the Einstein Planetarium in the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Geller has contributed to over 50 publications in education, astrophysics, astrobiology, and biochemistry.