Mars Scientist Touches Down on Tetons

Whether life exists on Mars has captivated people for centuries, Dr. Roger Wiens among them. Wiens is a planetary scientist who developed an instrument that traveled to Mars on the Curiosity rover. That rover landed on…

Whether life exists on Mars has captivated people for centuries, Dr. Roger Wiens among them.

Wiens is a planetary scientist who developed an instrument that traveled to Mars on the Curiosity rover. That rover landed on the Red Planet seven years ago this week and has provided some key findings since then. For one thing, the Curiosity rover discovered a dried-up lake and stream bed. It also gathered evidence that there may still be water on Mars.

The Mars scientist speaks 7 p.m. Saturday, August 10 at Teton Science School as part of the Wyoming Stargazing speaker series. Ahead of his appearance, we brought Wiens down to earth, all the way to the KHOL studio to discuss space exploration and more.

Above: The Curiosity rover’s view of a Mars sunset. (NASA/JPL/MSSS)

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About Robyn Vincent

Robyn launched KHOL's news department. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Wyoming for the last decade and her work has aired on NPR stations throughout the West. When she's not sweating deadlines, Robyn sustains her nomadic heart by traveling the world with her notebook and camera in hand. Follow @TheNomadicHeart

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