February 3rd Lecture: MARS

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 7:30pm

February is traditionally Mars month at WAA. Br. Robert Novak, Chairman of Physics at Iona College and WAA member will discuss the latest information on the Martian atmosphere. Br. Novak is a member of NASA's Astrobiology team, headquartered at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. He is one of the foremost experts on methane on Mars, and is the author or coauthor of over 35 papers. In 2015, his group published an important paper in Science that presented strong evidence for the existence of an ancient ocean that once covered as much as 20% of the Martian surface. In January Br. Novak spent several nights at the summit of Mauna Kea gathering new spectroscopic data with NASA's 3-meter Infrared Telescope Facility. The lecture is free and open to the public. More information and directions is found on our Lectures page.