#ScienceNight: Mission to Mars (archived live event)

Meg Martin
Associate editor
Public Insight Network
Muna Hassan
Production Assistant
Public Insight Network
The Mars rover Curiosity

A self-portrait of the Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work — Feb. 3, 2013 — on Mars. Curiosity landed on the planet on Aug. 6, 2012. (Photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS via Getty Images)

Space geeks: Unite!

John Grotzinger, the head of NASA’s Mars Curiosity mission, was here at PIN headquarters in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, May 21, to share with us the latest research and a behind-the-scenes look at the red planet’s robot rover for Science Night Minnesota.

Minnesota Public Radio host Tom Weber chatted with Grotzinger on the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater about new discoveries, the potential for the building blocks of life on Mars and how it felt when Curiosity touched down after the so-called seven minutes of terror. They were joined by Boing Boing science editor Maggie Koerth-Baker, who helped us explore the world of space and scientific discovery.

You might not be able to make it to Mars — or even to Minnesota, for that matter — but you can get an evening’s worth of Mars and the science of space right here: We pulled in photos from the event, tweets from the audience (#sciencenight), updates from stage and more.

>> You can also follow all of our Mars coverage — stories, art, updates and more — at ScienceNightMN.tumblr.com


Meg Martin Associate editor
Public Insight Network
Meg Martin is PublicInsightNetwork.org's associate editor. She joined the PIN crew in St. Paul, Minn., after five years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Roanoke, Va., where she led the online/multimedia team at the Roanoke Times newspaper. She spent two years before that in St. Petersburg, Fla., at The Poynter Institute - first as a summer writing fellow and later as a fellow and editor at Poynter Online - but she'll always be a Pittsburgher at heart.
Muna Hassan Production Assistant
Public Insight Network
Muna Hassan is the Production Assistant for the Public Insight Network. Previously, she has been a writer at a community newspaper, editor at a technical magazine and web producer at a political analysis website. She enjoys learning about different people and loves hearing stories from all walks of life. In her free time, Muna keeps herself busy by delving into a variety of different projects, including teaching bootcamp and yoga classes; studying different languages and cultures; and working with adults with disabilities.