A Down-to-Earth Discussion About Mars

A Down-to-Earth Discussion About Mars

By Jeff HarrisonUniversity Communications
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This month’s “got Science Café” offers a chance to load up on information about the Phoenix Mars Mission, which is due to land on the Martian surface in less than a month.

Mission scientists Patrick Woida and Rigel Woida start off Monday's event at 5:30 p.m. with a short talk.

The Phoenix Mars mission is designed to study the history of water and habitability potential in the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil. Information gathered by the lander and its array of instruments may help scientists determine whether Mars was, or is, capable of supporting life. Most scientists agree that the presence of liquid water is the primary requirement for life.

Flandrau program coordinator Shipherd Reed will moderate the discussion, which should end by 7:30 p.m. Audience members will have the opportunity to submit discussion topic ideas for subsequent Science Café events.

The Science Café is a casual forum for people to meet and discuss a particular science topic with UA scientists in the relaxed atmosphere of a local restaurant. Topics of discussion vary each month, but each is current, relevant and, at times, slightly edgy, humorous or controversial. Admission and appetizers are free. Beverages are available for purchase.

The EnotecA Pizzeria and Wine Bar is located at 58 W. Congress St., at North Church Avenue. Free parking is available after 5 p.m.

More information about Flandrau: The UA Science Center is online at http://www.gotUAsciencecenter.org.

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