Star Talks: ASU explores the solar system


Please join Dr. David Williams for a lecture focused on current missions in which ASU faculty and students are involved, which explore the planets, moons, and asteroids of our solar system. Arizona State University (Phoenix), along with the University of Arizona (Tucson), are two of the top universities offering planetary science programs for 40 years.

ASU has traditionally focused on planetary geology, and many of our faculty have been involved in NASA planetary missions dating back to the Apollo program of the 1960s-70s. David A. Williams is a research professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and director of the Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies, NASA’s regional center for planetary information at ASU. He is also the director of NASA’s Planetary Wind Laboratory at the Ames Research Center in California. He participated in NASA’s Magellan mission to Venus, the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and the Dawn mission to the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres.

He is a co-investigator of the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter mission. He is a past chair of the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA), and in 2014 was elected a Fellow of the GSA. In 2017, he received the Ronald Greeley Distinguished Service Award from the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. He is a former Secretary of the Planetary Science Section of the American Geophysical Union. Details for Zoom to come.

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