Every year, Leiden Observatory selects a distinguished astronomer to be the Oort Professor in memory of Professor Jan Oort, the distinguished Professor of Astronomy at Leiden University who played a pioneering role in many aspects of modern astronomy.
Dr. David Blake of the Exobiology Branch will be presenting an invited paper entitled "First results from the CheMin, DAN and SAM instruments on Mars Science Laboratory" at the American Geophysical Meeting in San Francisco on Monday, December 3, 2012.
Dr. David Blake is the Principal Investigator of CheMin, a mineralogical instrument that is included in the analytical laboratory of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. MSL will launch in 2011 and operate on the surface of Mars for two years. A principal goal of MSL is to identify and characterize present or past habitable environments on Mars.