Hitting the Road on Mars: Dare to Do Mighty Things

The U.S. Embassy in Jordan is pleased to welcome Ms. Nagin Cox to Jordan. A senior engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and currently a Mission Lead on the operations team for Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)- NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover. Ms. Cox has spoken to audiences around the world about NASA’s missions to outer space. Her visit builds U.S. efforts to promote international scientific cooperation that increases worldwide economic and social development and creates innovative solutions to shared global challenges. She has been invited here as a part of our science activities in the month of April that also included the visit of Mr. Science.

During her visit in Jordan, she will meet with distinguished Jordanian scientists and engineers; visit a number of universities and schools to talk with students about education and careers in fields related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and share her own experiences. Her talk is entitled, “Hitting the Road on Mars: Dare to Do Mighty Things.” For many, outer space seems like a far and distant mystery, but through Ms. Cox’s presentation she will share recent discoveries from Mars and discuss how she became interested in science, engineering, and outer space.

In cooperation with Zain’s Innovation Campus, ZINC, the Embassy will host a science, technology, and engineering career panel on Monday, April 20 at 7pm. Ms. Cox will give a public presentation on Wednesday, April 29, at the Amman Chamber of Commerce in Shmeisani. Visit Embassy Jordan’s Facebook page and website for information and to register for public events.

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover – Exploring Mars
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