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Speaking of Maps: Melissa Rice - Mapping Mars


Melissa Rice, Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University, will give a talk called “Mapping Mars: Our Evolving Vision of the Red Planet - Part II” on Tuesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. at Western Libraries in the Map Collection, Wilson Library Room 290. This event is free and open to the public. In recent decades, mapping efforts by sophisticated spacecraft at Mars have revolutionized our vision of the Red Planet. Rice will discuss the mapping, science, and exploration of Mars. Once thought by scientists to be a living world covered with vegetation that changed with the seasons, the Space Age brought a new view of Mars as a dry, cratered and barren planet. This talk picks up where Rice left off in 2015 when she was the inaugural speaker for the “Speaking of Maps” lecture series. Rice will explore new maps by NASA's Curiosity Rover, and talk about plans for the next big mission launching to Mars in July 2020.