The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Lecture: "Mars Exploration: Scientific Discoveries from the 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the 2007 Phoenix Mars Lander"

WHEN: 4 p.m., Friday, March 20

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Herzfeld Auditorium, Hannan Hall
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


On the occasion of the 28th annual Karl Herzfeld Memorial Lecture, Ramon P. De Paula, program executive for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, will discuss NASA's latest scientific discoveries about the "Red Planet." For more than two years, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has been sending back pictures and scientific data while orbiting the planet. Last May, the Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft landed on an ice sheet on the planet, proving the existence of water in the form of ice on the surface of Mars for the first time.

De Paul also will discuss plans for NASA's missions to Mars in the next decade.

The annual lecture is held in honor Karl Herzfeld, a renowned Austrian physicist and chair of CUA's physics department from 1936 to 1961.

For more information, call 202-319-5315.

SPONSOR: Department of Physics

MEDIA: To cover the lecture, reporters must contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.