NASA Scientist to speak at USC
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host a special seminar Friday, November 19, 2010 featuring Dr. Christopher McKay, planetary scientist for the Space Science Division of NASA Ames.
Dr. McKay’s current research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. He is also actively involved in planning for future Mars missions including human exploration. Dr. Mckay has been involved in research in Mars-like environments on Earth, traveling to the Antarctic dry valleys, Siberia, the Canadian Arctic and the Atacama and Sahara deserts to study life in these Mars-like environments. He was a co-investigator on the Huygens probe to Saturn's moon Titan in 2005, the Mars Phoenix lander mission in 2008 and the Mars Science Laboratory mission for 2011.
The seminar will begin at 4:00 pm in the Jones Physical Sciences Center, room 006.
Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar at 3:45pm.