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NASA Engineer Discusses Reaching the Red Planet on May 4 at LSC-North Harris

Todd Barber, a jet propulsion engineer with NASA’s Mars Exploration Rovers program, will be the featured speaker at Lone Star College-North Harris’ Mars in May lyceum. The event takes place May 4 at 7 p.m. on the campus, which is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive in Houston, Texas.

In “Todd Takes Us to Mars”, Barber, from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, will offer an insider’s view on what it takes to create, launch, navigate and land the Mars Rover. He will also speak about the possibilities of life on Mars and the obstacles facing a manned mission to Mars.  The next Mars rover is expected to launch in November 2011.

Barber holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received NASA's Exceptional Achievement Award in 1996 for his work on the Galileo project.

Prior to Barber’s presentation, a pre-event “Astronomy Showcase” from 6 to 7 p.m. will feature North Houston Astronomy club members displaying telescopes and hosting educational tables about the world of astronomy.

This event is free and open to students and the community. Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP at LoneStar.edu/Mars. For more information, call 281.765.7934.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for fall 2010, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Park, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.