Café des Sciences in Santa Fe, NM, with Dr Agnes Cousin - ChemCam: On board Curiosity on Mars

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The Office for Science and Technology in Los Angeles, Desert Academy and Santa Fe Accueil invite you to a Café des Sciences on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 5pm with Dr Agnès Cousin, who will present "ChemCam: On board Curiosity on Mars", at Desert Academy, Santa Fe, NM.

- When: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 5pm
- Where: Desert Academy, 7300 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505
- Presentation in French with translation on demand, discussion in French and English
- FREE Event: Please RSVP by email to Isabelle Thiebaut

Curiosity landed in the Gale Crater on Mars on Aug. 6th, 2012. During the first year, nearly 2 km of terrain were covered, allowing the discovery of a variety of environments. The ChemCam instruments on board Curiosity use the “LIBS” technique (Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) for the first time in the history of space exploration. This technique allows the analysis of targets that are up to 7m from the rover. During it’s first year, ChemCam has acquired more than 75,000 spectra and more than 1,000 images. The most important discoveries and observations will be presented, such as the evidence of the presence of water or the consequences of a more evolved magmatism.

Agnes Cousin, PhD
Dr Agnès Cousin graduated from an Engineering School in geology and also holds a Master’s Degree in Planetary Science (2006). She then completed a PhD in Toulouse (in January 2012) at “IRAP” (Institute of Research in Astrophysics and Planetary Science) under the direction of Sylvestre Maurice, deputy principal investigator of ChemCam, on the calibration of the ChemCam instrument and in particular on the “LIBS” technique. She continued with the completion of a post-doc in Toulouse before joining the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, in August 2012 to monitor Curiosity’s operations and then went on to Los Alamos National Laboratory in January 2013.

- 5:00pm: Presentation
- 5:45pm: Discussion
- 6:00pm: Snacks

Free parking at Desert Academy