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Meet the Expert, Planetary Geology: Dr. Katie O'Sullivan VIRTUAL EVENT
Meet the Expert, Planetary Geology: Dr. Katie O'Sullivan VIRTUAL EVENT

Thu, Jul 21

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Online Virtual Event

Meet the Expert, Planetary Geology: Dr. Katie O'Sullivan VIRTUAL EVENT

Where did the moon come from? What were the first rocks to form on the moon? Why do the near side and far side of the moon look so different? Dr. Katie O'Sullivan is a planetary geologist who uses lunar meteorites to try to answer these questions.

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Jul 21, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT

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Where did the moon come from? What were the first rocks to form on the moon? Why do the near side and far side of the moon look so different? These are questions that scientists have been working on since before astronauts walked on the moon over 50 years ago. Lunar meteorites are exciting samples that can help answer some of these questions. In this talk, Dr. O'Sullivan will discuss how her lunar meteorite research is helping to answer these intriguing mysteries. 

Dr. Katie O'Sullivan is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Bakersfield where she studies moon rocks. Dr. O'Sullivan received her Bachelors in geology from CSUB and Ph.D in planetary geology from the University of Notre Dame. In graduate school, she interned for NASA where she worked on lunar landing site locations for future astronauts to explore. Currently, Dr. O'Sullivan and her students use tiny pieces of meteorites from the moon to learn about how and where the oldest rocks on the moon formed. She also enjoys taking students, and sometimes her dog, on field trips to learn about how rocks form on the Earth and moon.

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