ROADS Challenge “Meet a NASA Expert” — Briony Horgan

The second of our opportunities for ROADS teams to Meet a NASA Expert will take place on Monday, Dec. 16! We’re pleased to have planetary scientist Briony Horgan join us from the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University where she is an assistant professor. Her research program uses data from NASA satellites and rovers, along with lab and field work back on Earth, to understand the surface processes that have shaped Mars and the Moon. Briony is a participating scientist on NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover mission and a Co-I on NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission, the first step toward Mars Sample Return.

The surface of Mars is the frontline in NASA’s search for life beyond Earth, and NASA has devoted three generations of robotic, semi-autonomous rovers to this search. Through the efforts of the scientists and engineers behind the Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers, we now know that Mars hosted watery environments that may have been habitats for ancient life 4 billion years ago. The next step is the Mars2020 rover, which will search for signs of ancient microbial life on Mars and collect samples to return to Earth. Why is this search important, and how much can these robotic geologists do alone?

There will be time for Q&A with students after Briony’s talk!

You can join us two ways:
1) The meeting will be an online live meeting using zoom. To access both audio and video, join the meeting using this link: We recommend taking a few minutes prior to the meeting time to set up Zoom so that you don’t miss the first few minutes of the chat!

To listen to the audio only, use either of these access phone numbers:
+1-669-900-6833. Meeting ID: 5555431943#; then press # again. (U.S.; San Jose.)
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2) View the recording on our YouTube channel: It may take a day or two for us to process the video and upload it, but you can subscribe to our YouTube channel or follow our Facebook page to be alerted when the video goes online.


Sep 25 2020


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

MEC Location