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"Five Years of Exploring Mars with the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover" by Dr. Tim Olson will be Mission Mountain Audubon's evening program on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Polson Library Meeting Room.

The NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity has been operating on the Martian surface since August 2012. The primary goal of the MSL mission is to assess whether Mars ever had an environment suitable for life. MSL Science Team member Olson will provide an overview of the rover’s capabilities and the major findings from the mission so far. He will also share some of his experiences of what it is like to operate Curiosity’s science cameras and explore Mars from Montana as part of a large team of scientists and engineers.

Tim Olson has been a faculty member at Salish Kootenai College since 1995. He is a member of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory Science Team, a co-investigator for the Mastcam, MAHLI, and MARDI cameras on the Mars Science Laboratory rover, and a Payload Uplink Lead for Mars surface operations of the Mastcam cameras.

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