Dr. Steven Lee

Space Science Content Specialist at DMNS

When: Sunday September 24, 5:00pm
Where: Jefferson Unitarian Church
14350 West 32nd Ave., Golden, CO

Dr. Steve Lee, a Space Science Content Specialist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and a Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute in Boulder will discuss how our understanding of the Red Planet has changed over the years — from the canals of Mars (based on early telescopic observations), to recent missions (eight actively exploring Mars today) that have revealed details about present considerations on Mars and provided glimpses into the past history of the Martian surface and climate.

Recent results from several ongoing missions — the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Opportunity and Curiosity rovers — will be highlighted.

Dr. Steve Lee is a Space Science Content Specialist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS) and is a Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder, CO. He received a Ph.D. in Planetary Geology from Cornell University and has been at DMNS since 2001 and SSI since 2006. Steve’s research focuses on interactions between the surface and atmosphere of Mars — primarily by mapping the patterns of windblown dust deposits across the planet utilizing spacecraft observations. He was part of a team that observed Mars with the Hubble Space Telescope for more than a decade following the launch in 1990. He is also a Co-Investigator on two of the camera systems launched aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in 2005; data have been streaming back from Mars since late-2006. These observations help refine our understanding of Martian weather and long-term climate variations, and how Martian landforms have been shaped over time.