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LASP Public Lectures

The 2014 – 2015 LASP public lecture series has been scheduled and we look forward to another season of interesting and informative presentations. Lectures are typically held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in our Space Sciences Building (room W120) at 7:30 pm. Check the schedule, below, for exact dates.

Doors open at 7 pm. Parking is free in the SPSC lot; all lectures are free and open to the public.

Download the 2014 – 2015 public lecture schedule (439 KB PDF)

For more information, contact Tom Mason (epomail@lasp.colorado.edu or 303-492-8257).



Featured Public Event

Diverse Surface Materials on Mars: Revealing the Red Planet’s Past Environments

Diverse Surface Materials on Mars: Revealing the Red Planet’s Past Environments
Speaker:   Mikki Osterloo
Date:   Wed., December 3rd
Time:   7:30 p.m.
Location:   LASP Space Sciences Building (SPSC)
Abstract:  

Minerals on a planetary surface can be used to provide information about the history of processes that have shaped that body. The type and duration of alteration are important because they can provide information about ancient environments.

Decades of observation have shown that the early history of Mars was rich in geologic activity, including volcanic, aqueous, and aeolian processes. Remote observations have revealed much information about the compositional diversity of surface materials at a variety of spatial scales.

Although the surface of Mars consists mainly of volcanic material, spectroscopic observations have indicated that volcanic processes were likely variable. Furthermore, identification of a variety of minerals indicative of aqueous processes suggests that water had played a role in shaping the volcanic surface.

This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of knowledge regarding the mineralogy and composition of the Martian surface through remote spectroscopic observations and what these observations infer about the past environments on Mars.


Current Schedule:

Kepler to K2: Repurposing a Great Observatory

Kepler to K2: Repurposing a Great Observatory
Speaker:   John Troeltzsch (Ball Aerospace)
Date:   Wed., November 12th
Time:   7:30 p.m.
Location:   LASP Space Sciences Building (SPSC)
Abstract:  

NASA’s Kepler Mission, launched in 2009, finished its primary mission in May of 2013 when the second of four reaction wheels malfunctioned. This phase of the mission continues to revolutionize our understanding of the prevalence and characteristics of exoplanets in our galaxy through data analysis. Remarkably, the end of the primary mission data collection has opened the door to a new era for Kepler called K2, which was approved by NASA in June 2014.

The K2 team of NASA Ames, Ball Aerospace, and LASP are now continuing exoplanet research but are also supporting many new science opportunities for the powerful space telescope including stellar research and extragalactic studies. Unlike Kepler, K2 science observations are community driven through 100% open competition to select targets. John Troeltzsch, the Ball Aerospace Kepler Program Manager, will discuss highlights of Kepler’s prime mission, how K2 came about, and what K2 will accomplish.

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Diverse Surface Materials on Mars: Revealing the Red Planet’s Past Environments

Diverse Surface Materials on Mars: Revealing the Red Planet’s Past Environments
Speaker:   Mikki Osterloo
Date:   Wed., December 3rd
Time:   7:30 p.m.
Location:   LASP Space Sciences Building (SPSC)
Abstract:  

Minerals on a planetary surface can be used to provide information about the history of processes that have shaped that body. The type and duration of alteration are important because they can provide information about ancient environments.

Decades of observation have shown that the early history of Mars was rich in geologic activity, including volcanic, aqueous, and aeolian processes. Remote observations have revealed much information about the compositional diversity of surface materials at a variety of spatial scales.

Although the surface of Mars consists mainly of volcanic material, spectroscopic observations have indicated that volcanic processes were likely variable. Furthermore, identification of a variety of minerals indicative of aqueous processes suggests that water had played a role in shaping the volcanic surface.

This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of knowledge regarding the mineralogy and composition of the Martian surface through remote spectroscopic observations and what these observations infer about the past environments on Mars.

Why LASP? Exploring the Boundaries Between Science and Engineering: a View from a Scientist Who Still Likes to Make Things

Why LASP? Exploring the Boundaries Between Science and Engineering: a View from a Scientist Who Still Likes to Make Things
Speaker:   Andrew Jones
Date:   Wed., February 4th
Time:   7:30 p.m.
Location:   LASP Space Sciences Building (SPSC)
Abstract:  

Presentation summary pending

Cassini: Continuing to Explore the Saturn System

Cassini: Continuing to Explore the Saturn System
Speaker:   Nicole Albers
Date:   Wed., March 4th
Time:   7:30 p.m.
Location:   LASP Space Sciences Building (SPSC)
Abstract:  

Presentation summary pending

LASP and the International Space Station: Future Measurements of Solar Irradiance and the Continuation of a Climate Data Record

LASP and the International Space Station: Future Measurements of Solar Irradiance and the Continuation of a Climate Data Record
Speaker:   Odele Coddington
Date:   Wed., April 1st
Time:   7:30 p.m.
Location:   LASP Space Sciences Building (SPSC)
Abstract:  

Presentation summary pending

Early results from the MAVEN mission to Mars

Early results from the MAVEN mission to Mars
Speaker:   Bruce Jakosky
Date:   Wed., April 29th
Time:   7:30 p.m.
Location:   LASP Space Sciences Building (SPSC)
Abstract:  

Presentation summary pending

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