MIT Enterprise Forum
MIT Enterprise Forum of Texas and MIT Club of South Texas Flagship Program present
The Mars Curiosity Rover
Dr. Eileen Stansbery
NASA Johnson Space Center
co-sponsored by the Rice Space Institute
Wednesday February 20, 2013
5:00pm – reception
6:00pm – presentation
Duncan Hall – McMurtry Auditorium
COST: MITEF Members and MIT South Texas Alumni Club $30, Rice Faculty and Students $15, General Admission $45, Late Registration (after 5pm Feb 19) $55
***Rice students can attend the lecture for free but please note that reception food and beverage is reserved for paying guests only (cost to Rice students $15).
The NASA/JPL radioisotope powered Mars Scientific Laboratory successfully landed on Mars on August 5, 2012, after a flawless but very complicated descent. With an array of new sophisticated instruments, it is the most ambitious exploration to date of the Red Planet to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes; in other words, to determine the planet’s habitability. Dr. Eileen K. Stansbery, Director of Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science NASA Johnson Space Center, will discuss the travels, investigations, and results of the Curiosity Rover on Mars — Give way to your curiosity and join us as we learn about this fascinating journey of discovery!
DR. EILEEN K. STANSBERY, the Director, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), is responsible for the planning and managing of all functions in support of the physical sciences at JSC including astromaterials curation and associated research of planetary materials, support to human and robotic spaceflight through science planning and operations, image analysis, orbital debris and the risks of micrometeoroids and orbital debris to spacecraft.Her primary scientific interest is planetary exploration with specific expertise in sample return. Dr. Stansbery had a major role from inception in the Genesis Discovery Mission (a solar wind sample return). She was responsible for contamination control, collector material installation, ultra-precision cleaning of the science canister, and curation of the samples that were returned in 2004.
Dr. Stansbery received her B.S. in Mathematics and Physics (1982) from Houston Baptist University. She received her M.S. (1986), and her Ph.D. (1989) in Space Physics and Astronomy from Rice University. She served as an Instructor of Physics at Houston Baptist University from 1986-1989, as a Principal Engineer at Lockheed Engineering & Sciences Co. from 1989-1992 performing technology assessments for NASA`s Lunar and Mars Exploration Office, and has been a Space Scientist at JSC since 1992.