Dr. John Grotzinger, Mars Explorer
2013 Roy Chapman Andrews Society Award Winner

Dr. John Grotzinger, Mars Explorer
2013 Roy Chapman Andrews Society Award Winner

John Grotzinger - Team Pic | NASA Curiosity Rover Landing

Distinguished Explorer Award Winner Announced

Dr. John Grotzinger, the lead scientist for the Mars Curiosity expedition will visit Beloit early next year to receive the Roy Chapman Andrews Society’s Distinguished Explorer Award. This presentation marks the second time the Beloit-based organization has celebrated explorations on Mars. In 2006 the Society recognized the work of Dr. Steve Squyers, principal investigator for explorations conducted using the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity.

Distinguished Explorer Presentation

  • Friday, February 1st, 2013
  • 4:30 pm
  • Eaton Chapel, Beloit College
  • FREE!  (bring the kids!)

Discussions & Presentations




Dr. Grotzinger will discuss his research and discoveries on the red planet during the award presentation. The program will be free and open to the public. Earlier that day, Dr. Grotzinger will discuss his work with area youth in an assembly at Beloit Memorial High School.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Explores Mars

NASA's Mars Science Labratory Website

NASA’s Mars Science Labratory Website

After a long journey and a complex and nerve-wracking landing, the SUV-size Curiosity is exploring Mars and making new discoveries every day. It is now scooping up dirt samples, using X-rays and lasers to identify the minerals in Martian soil. It is also starting to analyze the Martian air and will soon start drilling into rocks as it drives to a mountain that is almost three and a half miles high.

The one-ton Curiosity has been described as “a six-wheeled geochemistry lab and the most sophisticated machine ever sent to another planet.”

Updates on Curiosity are posted on the Mars Science Laboratory website and on Curiosity’s Twitter feed, @MarsCuriosity.

Professional Background

John Grotzinger - NASA Curiosity Mars RoverDr. Grotzinger is a geologist who studies the early history of Earth and other planets. He is a professor of geology at the California Institute of Technology. Before moving to Caltech he was professor of earth sciences and director of the Earth Resources Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Among his honors and awards, he has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, received the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award, the Fred Donath Medal from the Geological Society of America, the Henno Martin Medal from the Geological Society of Namibia, and the Charles Doolittle Walcott Medal from the National Academy of Sciences

Distinguished Explorer Award Program

The Distinguished Explorer Award | Roy Champman Andrews SocietyThe program featuring Dr. Grotzinger will be the eleventh Distinguished Explorer Award event of the Roy Chapman Andrews Society, in association with Beloit College. Founded in 1998, the Society’s mission is to honor the legacy of one of the most celebrated explorers of the 20th century by educating the public about Andrews’ life, work, and adventures; promoting the value of scientific exploration and discovery; and emphasizing Andrews’ lifetime ties to Beloit.

~William Green | Beloit College

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