February 15, 2001 | Media Advisory

Contact: Judith Galas, ITTC, (785) 864-4776.

Expert to speak about possible water on Mars

LAWRENCE--Is there a reservoir of water just kilometers below the surface of Mars? And if so, can it be tapped to help support future human explorers? These and other questions about the red planet will be addressed by a noted scientist next week at KU.

Stephen Clifford, senior scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, will deliver the lecture "The Nature and Evolution of the Martian Hydrosphere" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Apollo Room of Nichols Hall, West Campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Along with addressing the technical challenges associated with efforts to target drilling sites on Mars, Clifford will provide an overview of the geologic, hydrologic and climatic evolution of the planet, and the potential origin and continued survival of life there.

Telephone interviews with Clifford can be arranged by contacting Judith Galas of KU's Information and Telecommunication Technology Center at (785) 864-4776.

The presentation is sponsored by the Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory of ITTC at the University of Kansas.

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