With several local rover connections, the visit will be a homecoming of sorts. Spirit and Opportunity are the two current Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) and are still hard at work nearly six years after landing on Mars. Both DALSA and Ralf Gellert, a professor at the University of Guelph, have ties to the current and future rovers. These local links to space exploration will be featured at the Q2C Festival’s Mars Rover display featuring the next rover, Curiosity, set to blast off in 2011. DALSA is also the Mars Rover Exhibit Sponsor.
“At DALSA, we are extremely proud to have built technology that allows the Mars rovers to take such highly detailed images of the surface of the red planet, providing us all with a better understanding of our universe,” commented Brian Doody, CEO of DALSA. “We invite the community to learn more about the potential of this and future technology at the Mars Rover Exhibit.”
"Developing, building and operating science instruments that are used to explore distant planets is a wonderfully challenging and rewarding task. They must be small and robust to survive the hostile temperatures and vibrations. Once the mission lands safely the day to day operation is about squeezing out the last details of the data and trying to put together the geologic story that is written in the rocks and soils,” explains Prof. Gellert.
Prof. Gellert will also be taking part in the ‘Worlds Beyond Earth’ panel discussion at the Quantum to Cosmos Festival on Saturday, October 24 from 6:00pm - 7:15pm. Audience members can join on-site, online and on TVO – full details at q2cfestival.com.
“NASA’s Mars Exploration Program has attracted worldwide attention. We are very pleased to partner with Perimeter Institute’s Quantum to Cosmos Festival on to bring a little more of the rover excitement to Canada,” states Amy Dickinson, Outreach Specialist, Mars Public Engagement at Jet Propulsion Laboratory.Ticket and Location Details
The free tickets for the amazing lineup of lectures, panel discussions and “The Agenda with Steve Paikin” live broadcasts that are also part of the Quantum to Cosmos Festival are sold out, but you can still join in online from anywhere at anytime, with full access to all panels and talks as they happen at www.q2cfestival.com.
Perimeter Institute makes every effort to ensure the scheduled programming, however, there may be occasions when content is subject to change without notice. The appearance of specific guests, artists, or attractions is not guaranteed. Perimeter Institute reserves the right to make substitutions and reschedule events if necessary.About the Quantum to Cosmos Festival
Perimeter Institute makes every effort to ensure the scheduled programming, however, there may be occasions when content is subject to change without notice. The appearance of specific guests, artists, or attractions is not guaranteed. Perimeter Institute reserves the right to make substitutions and reschedule events if necessary.About Perimeter Institute
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