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Missions to Mars Book Signing and Talk by Dr. Larry Crumpler

Thursday December 9, 2021
6:00 pm

 Presenter:  Larry S. Crumpler, Ph.D. is Research Curator of Volcanology and Space Sciences at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. He received his doctorate from the University of Arizona in Planetary Sciences and MS from the University of New Mexico in Geology. Prior to the Museum, he worked as a research scientist at Brown University. His research includes the geology of the inner planets of our solar system, with particular emphasis on Mars, and studies of New Mexico volcanism with an emphasis on lava flows.
Currently, he is a member of the Perseverance Rover Mission science team, and was a member of the development team for the Ingenuity helicopter. Previously, he was a science team member on the Mars Exploration Rover (Spirit & Opportunity) mission, Mars Odyssey Gamma Ray Spectrometer, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter High-Resolution Camera (HiRISE). On the Mars Exploration Rover mission, he served as “Long-term Planning Lead” and downlinked information from the rovers on a daily basis from his office at the Museum. On the Perseverance Mission he is responsible for geologic context mapping of the terrain traversed by the rover.
He began his work with Mars as a student intern with NASA’s Viking Mission and later worked with the Pathfinder Mars mission, Magellan radar mission to Venus, and planning for the Russian Mars 96 mission. He has participated in Mars landing site selection for all of the landed science missions to date, and in many Mars rover field tests. He has published many professional papers, book chapters, and geologic maps; and he has authored magazine articles and book chapters for the general public about the geology of New Mexico and our neighboring planets. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.
 Abstract:  Museum planetary geologist Larry Crumpler will discuss portions of his newly-released book Missions to Mars.
From 6 – 6:30 p.m., meet the author and tour the museum’s newest exhibition Mars: Science and Culture.
Starting at 6:30, Dr. Crumpler’s talk will also provide an update on the current Perseverance rover mission.
After the presentation, buy a copy of the book and get it signed by the author! Book purchases can only be made by credit card at this event.

Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance. You may also order an advanced copy of Dr. Crumpler’s book to ensure enough copies are available. Consider having multiple books signed since they’ll make unforgettable gifts! Any copy of the book purchased through the NatureWorks Store, either online or in person, will include an exclusive link to see a recording of Dr. Crumpler’s talk!
About the Event:
Here’s the link for more information and to purchase tickets: https://nmnaturalhistory.org/events/missions-mars-book-signing-and-talk-dr-larry-crumpler
Seats for the talk are limited to 100, so don’t wait! If seats are unavailable, every copy of his book purchased from the NatureWorks store at the museum will come with a link to view a video recording of his talk
About the Book:
“There are probably just a few of moments in human history when a small group of humans stood on the margins of a vast new world, and it is no stretch of the romantic imagination that the arrival of spacecraft on the surface of another planet was surely one of them.” [Crumpler, Missions to Mars"]
Missions to Mars is a vivid insider account of some of NASA’s most exciting missions to the Red Planet, illustrated with full-color photographs—a wondrous chronicle of unprecedented scientific discovery. In this magnificent book, Dr. Crumpler recounts the history of our understanding of Mars, from the earliest days of earth based telescopes to the breakthrough discoveries of today's technology. And the book also recounts the personal story of a scientist attempting to understand a brand new world.

 Web Site:    https:/ / nmnaturalhistory.org/ events/ missions-mars-book-signing-and-talk-dr-larry-crumpler
 Location:  The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87104

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