Expert on Planetary Exploration
can Discuss Mars, Other Planets
Luntta (518) 437-4980, cell (518) 265-4114
(August 19, 2003) -- On August 27, 2003, Mars will
be nearer Earth than it has been in 60,000 years. The red
planet's orbit will take it within 35 million miles on that
date -- just six months ago the planet's elliptical orbit
placed it nearly five times the distance. For the next several
weeks, Mars will be one of the brightest spots in the southern
sky, and its proximity will provide amateur astronomers and
academics the views of a lifetime. And Mars, more than any
other planet in our solar system, gives indications that it
has supported life.
John Delano, University at Albany Distinguished Teaching
Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences,
specializes in geochemical composition of planets
and the origins of life, as well as the ages
and chemical compositions of lunar volcanoes. Professor
Delano is the associate director of the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration's (NASA) New York Center for Studies
on the Origins of Life, and a principal investigator in the
space agency's Exobiology program. He has served on various
NASA review panels, including the Discovery Missions Review
Panel, the Planetary Materials and Geochemistry Management
Operations Group, and the Astrobiology Institutes Review Panel.
In addition, Professor Delano has been a consultant for the
National Science Foundation (NSF).
Professor Delano received his Ph.D. in Geochemistry from
the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
John Delano is available for print and television interviews,
guest commentary and expert analysis. For more information
or queries, please contact University at Albany Media Relations,
(518) 437-4980 or visit http://www.albany.edu/geosciences/jdelano.html.
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