Third Installment of the Star Talk Series: Exploring Mars with Rovers

ASX will be holding our third Star Talk on November 21 at 8pm. The speaker is Dr. Ralf Gellert, Principle Investigator of the Canadian Alpha-Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Guelph. The talk will be given in McLennan Physical Labs (60 St George Street). The room is number 103 on the first floor. This is a FREE event and open for all ages.

Ralf Gellert writes, “Last Summer the newest Mars Rover Curiosity made a picture perfect landing in Gale Crater to investigate the habitability of Mars in the past and present.
But what does this mean in detail and how does the rover tackle this task? The talk will discuss the rover, its tools and science instruments, how they work
together, as well as how the rover is operated on a day to day basis for over a year so far.
I’m the Principle Investigator of the Canadian Alpha-Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS), an improved version of the APXS instruments on board the earlier
Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Opportunity still operates to this very day over 9 years after landing. The APXS instruments analyze the chemical composition of soils
and rocks and contribute to the overall findings of all missions. APXS data allow to connect the different landing sites together to get a global view of how Mars
developed some 3-4 Billion years ago. All the missions show that water, one of the key ingredients needed for habitability, played a major role in Martian history.
The rovers found varying conditions, acidic and recently more neutral water that could shed light on the question, if life could have developed on Mars around the
same time it did on Earth.”

In case you missed it, here is a link to the audio from the Star Talk.

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The Spectacular Deaths of Stars

The Spectacular Deaths of Stars

ASX held our first Star Talk on September 26 at 8pm. The speaker was Dr. Chris Matzner, a University of Toronto associate professor. The talk was given in the Lash Miller building (80 St George Street) right next to McLennan Physical Labs.

Chris Matzner writes, “Although stars appear fixed in the celestial sphere, in fact they do not last forever. Our own Sun, like most stars, will burn down one day to aglowing cinder and gradually fade away. But some stars go out with a bang, lighting up the sky with their brilliant explosions. I will tour the thrilling and macabre ways stars can meet their ends, but I will also consider how stellar death enriches the Galaxy and makes the Universe fertile for life.”

In case you missed it, here is a link to the audio from the Star Talk.

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Planetary Magnetism: Unlocking the Secrets of Planetary Interiors

ASX will be holding our second Star Talk on October 24 at 8pm. The speaker is Dr. Sabine Stanley, a Canada Research Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. The talk will be given in McLennan Physical Labs (60 St George Street). The room is number 103 on the first floor. This is a FREE event and open for all ages.

Sabine Stanley writes, “Many planetary bodies in our solar system have magnetic fields that we can observe with spacecraft instruments. These magnetic fields are generated deep in planetary interiors by complex motions in liquid conductors. Because these magnetic fields are observable outside of the planet, they can act as important probes of planetary interiors. In this talk I will describe what we know of planetary magnetic fields and how they have provided us with fundamental information about the structure, composition and evolution of planets.”

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Past Symposia

2008 Symposium: Lunar Exploration

Featuring Dr. Robert Richards, Odyssey Moon
John Connolly, NASA
Prof. Ariel Anbar, Arizona State University

host: David Rajzman, U of T
Date & Time Friday, January 25, 2008, 7:00 PM
(Pre-show at 6:00 PM,
Reception at 10:00 PM)
Location The Bloor Cinema
506 Bloor Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2007 Symposium: The Search for Life

Featuring Dr. Max Bernstein, NASA Ames
Prof. Ray Jayawardhana, U of T
host: Tahir Merali, U of T
Date & Time Friday, January 26, 2007, 7:00 PM
(Doors open at 6:30 PM)
Location Convocation Hall,
University of Toronto
31 King’s College Circle,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2006 Symposium: Our journey into the Future

Featuring Prof. Mike Brown, CalTech
Nagin Cox, NASA JPL
Prof. Fran Bagenal, U of Colorado at Boulder
Prof. Ray Carlberg, U of T
host: Rahul Chandra, U of T
Date & Time Friday, January 20, 2006, 7:00 PM
Location Convocation Hall,
University of Toronto
31 King’s College Circle,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2005 Symposium: … in Space

Featuring Dr. Carolyn Porco, Space Science Institute
Dr. James Rice, Arizona State University
Dr. Laurie Chappell, MDA Space Missions
Prof. Slavek Rucinski, MOST, U of T
Prof. Jaymie Matthews, MOST, UBC
host: Ivan Semeniuk, Discovery Channel
Date & Time Friday, January 28, 2005, 7:00 PM
Location Convocation Hall,
University of Toronto
31 King’s College Circle,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

2004 Symposium: To Mars and Beyond

Featuring Astronaut Chris Hadfield, CSA
Prof. Dimitar Sasselov, MOST, Harvard University
Dr. Vicky Hipkin, U of T
Dr. Darlene Lim, NASA Ames
host: Bob McDonald, CBC
Date & Time Friday, January 16, 2004, 7:00 PM
Location Convocation Hall,
University of Toronto
31 King’s College Circle,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Orphans of Apollo

Canadian Premiere of ‘Orphans of Apollo’

The Battle of the Mir & the New Space Revolution
The boldest business venture the Earth has ever seen
A Documentary by Michael Potter

DESCRIPTION: Be the first to see this award-winning documentary.  The event will feature a talk by film-maker/producer Michael Potter, and a reception after the movie.
DATE & TIME: Friday, February 20, 2009 @ 7:30PM (Doors open @ 7:00PM)
LOCATION: University of Toronto St. George Campus, Earth Sciences Auditorium
5 Bancroft Ave, Toronto
ADMISSION*:
Students & Seniors: $10;     Public: $15
Tickets: http://www.uofttix.ca/view.php?id=454
*Proceeds go to the Canadian Foundation for the International Space University (CFISU)

Prize Draw – Ends Feb. 18th, 9AM EST

Enter to win a free pair of tickets to the ‘Orphans of Apollo’ Premiere!

What do you think about ASX’s newsletter, and our events?  What type of events and topics are you interested in?  ASX wants to know!  We are conducting a survey draw for five (5) sets of VIP tickets to the Orphans of Apollo premier.  You have the chance to win a pair of FREE VIP seats for the February 20th event.  All you have to do is answer a few questions.  The survey is completely confidential and we appreciate all types of feedback, including constructive criticism.
If you have already bought tickets, that is not a problem.  If you win, we will upgrade your purchased tickets to VIP, and you can bring another two friends for free!  The ticket draw will be conducted on Wednesday February 18th.  The winners will be notified by email.
Survey Link: http://www.questionpro.com/akira/TakeSurvey?id=1154962

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