Professor Alan Calder
Department of Physics and Astronomy
7:30 pm Room 001 ESS Building
Friday, April 9, 2010

Mars: A Travelogue.

Mars has long captured mankind's imagination. Although hostile invaders from Mars has been a common theme in science fiction, we now know that the is certainly no advanced life on Mars. Mars continues to be explored through a variety of missions, teaching us more about Mars, the Solar System, and planetary habitability. In the next of the popular series Astronomy Open Night, Prof. Alan Calder will chart the exploration of Mars. He will describe the history of the study of Mars, contemporary missions, and future efforts, including a description of the difficulties associated with a manned mission.

Prof. Calder joined the Stony Brook Physics and Astronomy department in 2007 after research appointments at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. His research is in numerically modeling astrophysical phenomena, and he has studied core collapse and thermonuclear supernovae, coalescing white dwarfs, and classical novae.