NASA engineer Richard Johanboeke stops by Orlando Science Center
Saturday, June 2 â€“ Astronomy Month NASA Speaker Series
Orlando Science Center
777 E. Princeton St.
NASA engineer and contracting officer Richard Johanboeke visits the Orlando Science Center Saturday afternoon to lead a discussion of the Mars Science Laboratory mission, part of OSCâ€™s speaker series during Astronomy Month. Space enthusiasts hope this important mission can answer one of humanityâ€™s most lingering questions: Is there life on Mars? Now that human missions to Mars have been ruled out (human-guided spacecraft are too heavy for the exorbitant amounts of pressure in the atmosphere there), robotic missions are a new priority in NASAâ€™s continued investigation of the planetâ€™s habitability. This August, the Curiosity will land on the red planet, carrying out the Mars Science Laboratory mission: taking geological samples and running tests to detect forms of carbon, aka signs that Mars can sustain living organisms. If this longtime fascination of space exploration community interests you, donâ€™t miss Johanboekeâ€™s presentation. â€“ Ashley Belanger