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  • Curiosity, Mars exploration is April 9 Profiles and Perspectives

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  • Those that enjoy gazing at the stars and wondering about worlds unknown will be in for a treat in the final installation of the 2012-2013 Profiles and Perspectives season.
    Gentry Lee, chief engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will offer a presentation, "Curiosity and the Exploration of Mars" at 7 p.m., April 9 at the Ardmore Convention Center. The event is free of charge to the public.
    Lee will share the excitement of Curiosity, a SUV-sized roving vehicle that landed on Mars, August 2012. Lee is responsible for the engineering integrity of robotic planetary missions, which includes Curiosity.
    "Curiosity is a technological miracle" Mary Kate Wilson, Noble Foundation director of granting and chair of the Profiles and Perspectives Committee, said. "Lee's presentation will detail the rover's mission from both scientific and engineering points of view and place Curiosity in the context of the overall human exploration of Mars."
    The series is sponsored by the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and began in 1998. Lee will be the final presentation of four this season.
    "It has been a tremendous season already and I'm certain Mr. Lee will be a spectacular finale," Wilson said. "We will announce our next season this fall. We have some intriguing prospects that are sure to wow the audiences."
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