2010 Annual Science Report

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Reporting  |  SEP 2009 – AUG 2010

EPO Activity: Astrobiology of Mars EPO Report

Project Progress

John Grotzinger is involved in planning community workshops for selecting a MSL landing site (the 4th workshop just took place September 27-29, 2010 in Monrovia, CA). Jennifer Griffes and Katie Stack have also gone to local elementary schools this year to give science outreach talks focused on Mars exploration.

The Grotzinger lab group has also been involved in a series of videos about MSL:
Mars Science Laboratory Overview
(http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videos/movies/MSL_overview_Cap.mov)
MSL’s first drive in the clean room of JPL:
http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/videos/movies/msl_20100723_bldgcuriosity-640.mov

By studying MSL and its astrobiological implications and presenting it to not just young children, but the community, we are promoting science education and getting the community excited about future Mars missions.