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Planetary Society Weekly Hangout, Thu Jan 3 1200PT/2000UT: Jim Bell

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

02-01-2013 12:32 CST

Topics: Space Policy, events and announcements, podcasts and videos, Mars, Mars Exploration Rovers, Opportunity, Spirit, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)

Join Emily Lakdawalla and Casey Dreier on Thursday, January 3 for a chat with Jim Bell, a scientist who wears many hats. Among other things, he's the team lead for the Pancam color cameras on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers; he's a member of the Curiosity science team; and he's the esteemed President of the Planetary Society's Board of Directors. We'll talk about the great science being done by both Curiosity and Opportunity, and about what's in store for the future. I'll embed the video below when we go live at noon Pacific time (2000 UT), and you can come back here after the show's over to watch the replay.

Bill Nye and Jim Bell

NASA / JPL / Cornell

Bill Nye and Jim Bell
A Mars Exploration Rover Pancam camera captured this image of Bill Nye (left) and Jim Bell (right) in the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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Or read more blog entries about: Space Policy, events and announcements, podcasts and videos, Mars, Mars Exploration Rovers, Opportunity, Spirit, Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory)


Gerald: 01/03/2013 01:46 CST

How do you rule out "Marsian honey"? That's in short my most burning question for the scheduled drills of MSL. In more detail: Did ChemChem find indications for hydrated salts that may melt or release liquid, if warmed? Can they be avoided? How many Kelvin heats the drill during drilling? Is early morning or late evening best-suited for drilling? Is there a way to remove crusts from pipes?

Larry Roark: 01/03/2013 02:21 CST

When do you project a base will be established on Mars for science human occupation and to be used for further deep space exploration? thank you, Larry R., Tampa

Gerald: 01/03/2013 03:19 CST

Very interesting, as always! Seems, the MSL Team doesn't yet evidently know, what minerals we see. Which of the two rovers will detect clay minerals first? Hopefully, the other scheduled missions for 2013 will become a success story, as well.

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