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Silicon Valley astronomy lecture series

Andrew Fraknoi


Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m.

Dr. Scott Sanford (NASA Ames) will give a non-technical illustrated talk on: The Stardust mission: Bringing home a comet in the Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, El Monte Road and Freeway 280,in Los Altos Hills, California, free and open to the public. Parking is $2.00. Call the series hot-line at (650) 949-7888 for more information.

The series is co-sponsored by: NASA Ames Research Center, Foothill College Astronomy Program, SETI Institute, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Dr. Sanford will describe the mission, on which he is co-investigator, launched in 1999, to rendezvous with a comet in 2004 and return samples to Earth by 2006. This will be humanity's first opportunity to study the "original" material from which our solar system is built up (and which has been frozen into each comet ever since.)

Dr. Sanford works at the Astrophysics Branch at NASA's Ames Research Center and is a renowned expert in the field of meteoritics, the study of rocks that fall from space. He has helped discover a number of such rocks in Antarctica. Among his other scientific interests are molecules in the great clouds of cosmic raw material among the stars - some of which may be connected with the development of life in the universe.


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