Dr. Robert Anderson, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will present an overview of the geological history of Mars with emphasis on the recent results from the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers. Curiosity (shown in photo) landed at Gale Crater in August 2012 with a mission to last a minimum of one Martian year (687 Earth days); Opportunity landed at Meridiani Planum in 2003 and has been exploring that region for more than a decade. Magmatism, tectonism, and hydrogeological activities have all contributed significantly to the geological evolution of both Earth and Mars. Anderson will explore how the new planetary data has changed the understanding of the geological history of Mars, and how that new knowledge might impact cibceots about Earth. The Citadel's Prof. Sollitt is active in a variety of research projects in space exploration. He has developed a course in astrobiology, and many cadets have participated his projects, some of them at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Wolfgang Kettere, who received the 2001 Nobel Prize for his work on Bose-Einstein condensates in ultracold atoms, visited South Carolina to give a talk at Claflin University which was attended by many from the surrounding region, including several Citadel Faculty. Ketterle is the director of the MIT-Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms. Prof. Clark at The Citadel was in attendance, and knows Ketterle from his graduate work in that group. Prof. Clark continues his work on ion traps at The Citadel. You can find more information on his ExCitAtIon Group research page.
Professor Saul Adelman received the 2011 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research at an Undergraduate Institution in recognition for his work on the chemical composition of stellar atmospheres. More information can be found in the Citadel News Release. Prof. Adelman has also produced a DVD of Great Astronomical Images. More information about the DVD, which is available from the Physics Department, may be found here.