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Return to the Moon and On to Mars
May 9, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
NASA is going back to the Moon and on to Mars for long-term human exploration and utilization. Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo, an aerospace engineer at NASA Langley Research Center, will discuss how recent work at NASA to develop human landers at Mars is influencing new lunar lander vehicle designs. The goal is to develop and utilize technologies that will increase sustainability and lower costs on future missions.
Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo is an aerospace engineer at the NASA Langley Research Center, located in Hampton, Virginia. She specializes in developing simulations to analyze vehicle flight through different atmospheres in the solar system. Primarily focusing on Mars over the past 17 years, she has worked on several missions to the planet. Most recently, as a member of the Entry, Decent and Landing Team, she helped to successfully land InSight on November 26, 2018. Currently, she works to analyze entry technologies that will enable human exploration of both the Moon and Mars. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Creighton University and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The George Washington University. Thanks to Internet, she works from her home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and their four children.
The event is free and open to the public; however, e-tickets are required. Registration for e-tickets will open March 28, 2019.
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Parking is free in Library parking lots and along the west side of Holmes Street between 51st and 52nd streets. The main entrance to the Library grounds is on Cherry Street. The Linda Hall Library is not affiliated with UMKC. Parking in all UMKC lots is by permit or meter. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
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