Mars mission boss to speak at Arabian Business Forum

JPL director Charles Elachi to give keynote speech at conference in November
Charles Elachi, the man who leads the team that has just landed a new exploratory rover on Mars.
By Staff writer
Mon 06 Aug 2012 12:38 PM

Charles Elachi, the man who leads the team that has just landed a new exploratory rover on Mars, will give a keynote speech at the Arabian Business Forum on November 20.

Lebanese-born Elachi heads up the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the Pasadena-based based NASA agency that constructs and operates robotic planetary spacecraft.

On Monday morning, the team at JPL successfully masterminded the landing of a one-tonne vehicle – called ‘Curiosity’ – in a deep crater on the surface of Mars.

The rover will now embark on a two-year mission to look for evidence that the Red Planet may once have supported life.

US president Barack Obama lauded the NASA mission, saying: "Tonight, on the planet Mars, the United States of America made history."

*Elachi will speak at the 7 Arabian Business Forum being held in Dubai on November 20. This is an invitation only event, with only a limited number of tickets available to the general public. To enquire about attendance, please email anil.bhoyrul@itp.com.

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