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NASA Scientist to outline quest for human mission to Mars

NASA scientist Dr Pascal Lee will deliver the lecture, "Humans on Mars", at the Hong Kong Space Museum on Sunday (January 4) from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Dr Pascal, who is the Principal Investigator of the NASA Ames Research Centre, Chairman of the Mars Institute, and a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, has participated in several NASA solar system exploration missions, such as the Voyager 2, Galileo, Mars Observers and Mars Polar Lander missions.

In the lecture, he will discuss current thinking and review progress toward making the vision of a human mission to Mars a reality.

The lecture coincides with the Sky Show currently being screened at the Space Museum, "Mars Odyssey", and the space missions, Mars Exploration Rovers by the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) and Mars Express by the European Space Agency.

Since 1965, NASA has launched a number of unmanned space probes to investigate Mars. Despite the remarkable advancement of space technology in recent years, many questions in respect of the first human mission to Mars remain unanswered.

Lessons being learned from current and planned Mars robotic missions will be critical.

The lecture will be conducted in English. Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Space Museum is located at 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. For details of the film, "Mars Odyssey", and the lecture, please visit the museum's website at . For enquiries, call 2721 0226.

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