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Science Cafe to discuss possible past life on Mars

NDSU’s next Science Café will examine the possibility of ancient life on Mars.

Heidi Manning, professor of physics at Concordia College, is scheduled to present "Did life exist on Mars? Exciting scientific discoveries from recent Mars exploration" Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. in Stoker’s Basement, Hotel Donaldson, 101 N. Broadway.

Long ago, Mars was a warm, wet place – similar to conditions on Earth. Scientists are now unlocking the secrets of ancient Mars through the study of the planet’s rocks and atmosphere.

The Curiosity Rover has used 17 cameras and 10 scientific instruments to explore Mars for the past four years. Manning’s talk will highlight some of the exciting discoveries of the mission as scientists seek to understand if the red planet was once habitable.

Science Café is sponsored by the NDSU College of Science and Mathematics. The series is designed as an opportunity for the community to hear local scientists discuss interesting science topics in a casual setting.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees must be 21 or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Diane Goede at diane.goede@ndsu.edu or 701-231-7412.

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