In this solar system, it's far but so near...
NEW HAVEN - What's 500 million miles from the sun, but named after the Roman god of war?
If you guessed (or knew it is) Mars, you were right, and can learn more about the fascinating Red Planet, by joining Steve Squyres, Goldwin Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University, and principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Yale Peabody Museum on Whitney Avenue.
Squyres will provide an up-to-date summary of robotic missions that in Jan. 2004, landed twin robotic explorers, Spirit and Opportunity, on Mars.
The program is part of the Hall of Minerals, Earth and Space lecture series.
The top photo shows an artist’s impression of one of NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers exploring the surface of the Red Planet. Photos and details provide by the Yale Peabody Museum.