Exploring Mars and the Origins of Time and Space
UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Lab — a leading force in astronomical research — helped develop the scientific instruments aboard Maven, NASA’s latest Mars orbiter. Back at home, telescope technology has helped answer questions about the origins of time and space that have intrigued humans for centuries. On Sunday, I will travel to Hawaii for the ground-breaking ceremony of the Thirty Meter Telescope. When it’s complete, it will be one of the largest telescopes in the world and will enable us to study our own solar system and stars of the Milky Way, as well as neighboring and distant galaxies.