Mars Expert Available at Rowan University

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Rowan University?s resident Mars expert, Dr. David Klassen, is available for interviews about the safe landing of the robotic rover, called Spirit, on Mars this weekend. Klassen earned a Ph.D. in P
Rowan University?s resident Mars expert, Dr. David Klassen, is available for interviews about the safe landing of the robotic rover, called Spirit, on Mars this weekend.

Klassen earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wyoming and a B.S. in Astrophysics and B.Mathematics from the University of Minnesota.

Klassen has studied Mars for more than a dozen years, and his doctoral dissertation was on ?Infrared Imaging Spectroscopy of Martian Volatiles? (a study of Martian ices, both water and carbon dioxide). Klassen has regularly done research at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility in Manuna Kea, Hawaii. Time at that facility is allocated on a competitive basis.

His current research focuses on the search for Martian clouds and their role in the current climate and climate history of Mars.

Klassen can be reached directly at (856) 256-4391
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