OAKLAND, Calif., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, April 12, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Chabot Space & Science Center is honored to host an all-female discussion panel on the exploration of the red planet, Mars. The panelists, of varied backgrounds, will share their expertise and work as it relates to exploration of the planet and advancements in the science.
San Francisco State professor and author Jan Millsapps is a pioneering digital filmmaker, an early web innovator, and an accomplished writer. Her novel Venus on Mars, in which a Victorian-era woman and amateur astronomer takes an imaginative journey to the red planet, is based on the real life of Wrexie Louise Leonard, secretary to astronomer and Mars maniac Percival Lowell.Planetary scientist Carol Stoker is a co-investigator on the Mars Phoenix mission that recently performed sampling near the north pole of Mars to search for habitable environments. She is actively involved in the robotic exploration of Mars and in planning for future human exploration and leads activities to develop and test drilling systems to search for evidence of life in the Martian subsurface. Nadia Drake is a Wired Magazine's science reporter, and has been covering the "Mars One" initiative in the Netherlands, a private group now recruiting astronauts for a 2023 one-way trip to Mars. Technologist and filmmaker, Susan Bell is a multi-event alumna of the NASA Social program. She was one of 25 NASA social media followers invited to JPL to witness and report on the landing of Mars Curiosity on August 5, 2012. While not tweeting about space exploration, Susan designs interactive stories for social & mobile platforms and is a former producer of the Emmy-winning animated show Robot Chicken. Mother of NASA's "Mohawk Guy," Sharon Wright is a financial consultant with a health care management background and an MBA from Wharton School. Her son Bobak Ferdowsi is one of the flight directors of the Mars Rover Curiosity. This panel is an effort by Chabot Space & Science Center to bring female STEM pioneers to the attention of the public with a mission to engage and inspire the next generation of female STEM pioneers. This experienced group of individuals will share their varied skills, theories, and inspirations as it relates to Mars exploration. There will be time for question and answers.