John Grotzinger, Cal Tech
John Grotzinger, Fletcher Jones Professor of Geology, has been involved in several planetary missions. He is currently the lead scientist for the Mars Science Laboratory mission that launched the Mars Curiosity Rover in 2011. He is also a participating scientist for the Mars Exploration Rovers and for the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. He presented a talk on the goals of the Mars exploration, the role of water throughout Mar’s geologic history, and the sedimentologic studies of Mars.