LPL Evening Lecture Series: Dr. Roger Yelle

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014
7:00 pm — 8:00 pm

Location: Kuiper Space Sciences
Room: 308

Dr. Roger Yelle
Professor, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

A Comet Approaches Mars

Comet Siding Spring will pass by Mars on Oct 19, 2014 at a distance of about 84,000 miles. The comet will zoom by Mars at the incredible speed of 126,000 mph and the atmosphere of Mars will be bombarded by gas molecules and dust in the comet's coma, depositing significant amounts of energy and mass into the Martian atmosphere. NASA and ESA (the European Space Agency) are currently operating spacecraft in orbit around Mars. In particular, the MAVEN spacecraft, launch last November, will arrive at Mars on September 21, 2014. These assets are well positioned to study comet Siding Spring and its effect on Mars. I will review what observations will be made and what we might learn about comets and Mars.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All lectures are free and open to the community. Parking in university surface parking lots is free after 5 p.m. Please be careful not to park in service or reserved spaces. Metered street parking is also available at no cost after 5 p.m. Parking in the Cherry Avenue Garage is available after 5 p.m. at a cost of $1.00 per hour. A campus parking map is available here.