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What’s Up on Mars | Presentation with a “Professional Martian”

Aug 07, 2019 | 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM Journey to Mars

On August 7, 2019, hear what our human-built robots are up to on the Red Planet from Dr. Tanya Harrison, a “Professional Martian.” Dr. Tanya Harrison has worked on Mars’ rocks and robots, including mission operations for three NASA missions to Mars. She was previously the Director of Research for Arizona State University’s Space Technology and Science (“NewSpace”) Initiative where she was a science team collaborator on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER), Opportunity and the upcoming Mars 2020 sample-caching rover.

She is currently working on the second round of the Proud Space Nerd campaign videos on behalf of Honeywell. The video series is designed to explain how things are done in space. The first round of videos focused on “How to Build a Spaceship.”

Dr. Harrison will present “What’s Up on Mars” at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM in Journey to Mars: Explorers Wanted. This event is included with daily admission and is open to all guests.

More About Dr. Tanya Harrison

Dr. Harrison received her Ph.D. in Geology with a specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration from the University of Western Ontario's Centre for Planetary Science and Space Exploration (CPSX). Her undergraduate degree is in astronomy and physics from the University of Washington, and she did her graduate work in geology at Wesleyan University. Areas of interest include Martian geomorphology and terrestrial analogues, spectroscopy, and glaciology.

Today, she is the Account Executive for Scientific Customers at Planet Federal in Washington D.C., the government-focused arm of Planet Labs. In this role she helps scientists understand the utility of—and how to access, process, and use—Planet’s incredible daily imaging of the entire landmass of Earth and its coral reefs.

She has also been active in education and public outreach with organizations such as The Planetary Society, Expanding Your Horizons, Girl Scouts, Norwescon, The Mars Society, and The National Space Society.

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