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Public Lecture: Planetary Geology for Begineers

By MWest - 1 October 2012 2

To celebrate World Space Week, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Mars Society Australia proudly presents…


Presenter: Dr. Jonathan Clarke – Australian Centre for Astrobiology & President, Mars Society Australia
Date: Thursday 4 October 2012 at 6:30pm
Location: RSPE Seminar Room, Oliphant Building #60, Research School of Physics & Engineering, Mills Road, The Australian National University, Canberra.

This public talk is FREE and all are welcome. Please RSVP to by Wednesday 3 October. Light refreshments and tea and coffee will be provided after the presentation.

Geology on the Moon during Apollo 17

Talk Summary:
Fascinated by the latest images from Mars? Curious about how impact craters have shaped the Moon? Want to know how the rocky bodies in the Solar System formed? Always interested in meteorites and asteroids? Join Dr. Jonathan Clarke for a FREE public lecture on planetary geology that will cover the different processes that resulted in the formation and current state of the Moon, Mars and other rocky bodies in our Solar System.

A map showing the location of the Oliphant Building on the ANU campus can be found at Please enter the building via the main entrance at the end of Mills Road, near the flag pole. The RSPE Seminar room is on the top floor – just take the stairs up one level once you have entered the building. Free parking is available out the front of the building after 6:00pm.

About Dr. Jonathan Clarke:
Dr. Jonathan Clarke’s career has been extremely varied and he is best described as a geological general practioner. He graduated as a palaeontologist, moved into petroleum and coal geology, and completed his PhD in carbonate sedimentology and palaeoecology. Dr. Clarke has worked on marine surveys in the Southern and Indian Oceans, explored for base metals, nickel, copper and gold throughout Australia, the Philippines and Chile. Dr. Clarke’s research interests include terrestrial analogues of Martian landscapes and developing exploration strategies for human missions to Mars. He has participated in Mars analogue field work in deserts in Utah, USA and in South Australia, the later as the science leader of Mars Society Australia’s Jarntimarra expedition in 2001. Dr. Clarke is an Associate Member of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology and the President and Research Committee Chair of Mars Society Australia. The author of numerous journal articles and a recent book chapter on extraterrestrial regolith, Dr. Clarke is also frequently interviewed about space and Mars exploration for national newspapers, television and radio.

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poetix 10:46 pm 01 Oct 12

Gungahlin Al said :

Damn. Too many election things on…
So many great brain-food opportunities in this city.

You sound a tad like a zombie, with your urge for brain-food and all. The new burrito joint Romero and Edgar may satisfy your hideous cravings.

Gungahlin Al 9:44 pm 01 Oct 12

Damn. Too many election things on…
So many great brain-food opportunities in this city.

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