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The Road to Mars

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Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium

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Pasadena, CA 91106

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The von Kármán Lecture Series brings the excitement of the space program’s missions and technologies to JPL employees and the public.

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What are the steps in getting the Mars 2020 rover mission ready to head to Mars, and how do we prepare for operations once we’re there? This month’s show will walk through activities leading up to the mission’s planned liftoff in July — build, test, transport and launch. We’ll then transition to a primer on how JPL uses Mars analog test facilities on Earth for operating the rovers once they’re on the Red Planet. Join us to hear about how we re-create different aspects of the Mars environment and test using stand-ins and “stunt doubles” for our spacecraft.

About the von Kármán Lecture Series

Von Kármán Lectures are presented twice monthly: once at JPL and once in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium, and are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Online registration via Eventbrite is requested for the von Kármán Lectures held at Caltech. There is no online registration for von Kármán Lectures held at JPL.

For a full 2019-2020 schedule, visit: caltech.edu/vonkarman

About Caltech

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges.

Caltech manages the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for NASA, sending probes to explore the planets of our solar system and quantify changes on our home planet.

Caltech is an independent, privately supported institution with a 124-acre campus in Pasadena, CA. To learn more, visit Caltech.edu.

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