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NASA Expert Delivers Rover’s Messages from Mars at Museum of Flight

SEATTLE – On July 12 at 2 p.m., NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Steve Lee will give an insiders look at the risky flight of the Curiosity rover to the Red Planet, and share some of the beautiful images, discoveries and surprises the famous rover has sent home.

Mars rover, Curiosity, extending its robotic arm. NASA photo
Mars rover, Curiosity, extending its robotic arm. NASA photo
Lee was a member of the NASA JPL Team that successfully landed the Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012. He is currently the lead for Curiosity strategic mission planning at NASA JPL.

Lee will also give an informal update on the Mars mission at 1 p.m. in the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery; his lecture at 2 p.m. will also include his commentary during a screening of the video depiction of Curiosity’s descent to Mars, “Seven Minutes of Terror.”

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015, the independent, non-profit Museum of Flight is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, serving more than 560,000 visitors annually. The Museum’s collection includes more than 160 historically significant airplanes and spacecraft, from the first fighter plane (1914) to today’s 787 Dreamliner. Attractions also include the original Boeing Company factory, and the world’s only full-scale NASA Space Shuttle Trainer. The Museum’s aviation and space library and archives are the largest on the West Coast. More than 150,000 individuals are served annually by the Museum’s on-site and outreach educational programs. The Museum of Flight is accredited by the American Association of Museums, and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

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