John is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering at York University and a Participating Scientist on the Curiosity Rover. He trained on MER in 2004 and contributed to the 2005 Huygens Mission to Titan and the 2008 Phoenix Mission to the Martian Arctic: Here is more information about John.
Over the last few years, rovers, orbiters and flyby missions have improved our understanding of our own solar system. At Mars, Curiosity and Maven have revolutionized our understanding of present and ancient Mars. Further out, Dawn has given us our first view of the hydrated asteroid Ceres. Meanwhile, Juno has shown us the surprising shape of the Jovian poles. And, of course, New Horizons at Pluto has uncovered the Solar System’s heart.
In the coming years, the tradition at Mars will be carried on by the Trace Gas Orbiter and Insight missions. Europa Clipper will take a closer look at Jupiter’s most enigmatic moon. Our first mission to the Jovian Trojans (Lucy) and to an iron asteroid (Psyche) will take place. New Horizons will arrive at the most distant object in the solar system ever visited. Throughout, we are gaining an underlying understanding of how planets work, setting us up to make discoveries in planetary systems around distant stars throughout our galaxy..
More on this and other events: Earthshine Astronomy
Directions to UTM
The meeting will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at The University of Toronto,Mississauga Campus, in lecture hall SE2072 in the William Davis Building. The meeting is open to the public and is free.
Enter off of Mississauga Road. Park in lot 4 or the parkade, across from the fitness centre south of the Davis Building. Enter through the Fitness centre, walk up the stairs until you reach the main corridor then turn right. (If you need an elevator,follow the corridor to the right of the stairs, then go up to the main floor.) Look for the Mississauga Centre sign in front of the lecture room.
Post meeting plans: we usually continue the discussion post-meeting at a local bar – please join us!