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Sept. 2, 2003

Sept. 4 Engineering Seminar Focuses On Mars Exploration

A University of Iowa College of Engineering industrial engineering graduate seminar, "The 2003 MER Mission: Searching for Water and Life on Mars (and why it Matters)," will feature Mars researcher Nathalie Cabrol at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Cabrol, SETI Institute Principal Investigator for NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will discuss why Mars is the focus of a search for life and what the search may reveal about man's own origin, as well as the search for life in other parts of the universe. Additional topics will include selected landing sites for the two MER (Mars Exploration Rover) surface rovers and the goals of the mission.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the College of Engineering at 335-5764.

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