Astronaut Talks Mars Exploration at Oregon State University


HOUSTON - NASA astronaut Stanley Love will visit Corvallis, Ore., on Monday, March 4, to talk to engineering students about the difficulties of traveling to the red planet.

The presentation, hosted by Oregon State University's (OSU's) student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, is aimed at educating students on the challenges NASA faces in the quest for human exploration of Mars.

Love's presentation begins at 6 p.m. PST at Milam Hall auditorium (026), 2520 SW Campus Way, on the OSU campus. The presentation is free of charge and open to the public. Media are welcome to attend.

Love is a 1983 graduate of Churchill High School in Eugene, Ore. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., in 1987, Love went on to attend graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned a Master of Science in 1989 and a doctorate in philosophy in 1993.

Selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1998, Love was a mission specialist on space shuttle mission STS-122 in 2008. He most recently served as a submarine pilot for the 16th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations test off the coast of Key Largo, Fla.

For more information about this appearance or to schedule an interview, contact Brenda Cabaniss, NASA Astronaut Appearances Office, 281-244-8860.

For additional information about Love, visit: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/love.html

For information on Mars exploration, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html

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