The Las Cruces Space Festival looks forward to welcoming Dr James Rice at the ‘Making Contact‘ event on April 11th. Dr Rice is an Astrogeologist with over 30 years of research experience specializing in the exploration of the Solar System, especially the subject of his talk: the Moon and Mars. His career accomplishments include working for NASA, The Astrogeology Headquarters of the United States Geological Survey, the Mars Spaceflight Facility and currently, The Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Arizona. He is the Co-Investigator and Geology Leader on the Mars Exploration Rover Project (Spirit and Opportunity) and has mission experience working on the Mars Odyssey Orbiter and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Projects.
Jonathan Firth, Las Cruces Space Festival Director said “I am really pleased that Jim is coming to Las Cruces in April. He is a regular speaker on numerous Space related topics ranging from past, current and future Mars exploration missions, the Apollo program, search for life in our Solar System and the History of Space Exploration to name a few. I think our audience will really enjoy his talk. For example, he will be able to explain the importance of geological field training like that which was conducted by NASA at Kilbourne Hole, Southwest of Las Cruces, ahead of the Apollo missions to the Moon.”
Dr Rice has extensive experience in researching the geomorphology/geology and history of water on Mars. He has been involved in every NASA Mars Mission since Mars Pathfinder in 1995 and has served on numerous NASA Science Analysis groups for manned missions back to the Moon and Mars. He has also been involved in numerous international geological field expeditions around the globe including a NASA/ Russia expedition to Antarctica that involved investigating the perennially frozen lakes there.