Join GlobalAtlanta staff and Georgia Public Television on Tuesday, Dec. 7, for a networking reception and presentation on the role of international collaboration in space exploration to be hosted by Southern Polytechnic State University.

The free event, featuring two authorities on space exploration, comes on the heels of an announcement in the journal Science that “abundant” water once covered thousands of square miles on Mars and created a “habitable” ancient environment.

GPTV will film presentations by Robert Cassanova, director of Atlanta-based NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, and Lisa A. Rossbacher, president of SPSU.

Prior to his 1998 appointment as director of NIAC, Dr. Cassanova was director of Georgia Tech Research Institute Aerospace and Transportation Laboratory. NIAC, an affiliate of the Universities Space Research Association, is a high-level, entry point for innovative concepts in aerospace development, according to the organization’s Web site at

Dr. Rossbacher, who is the second president and first woman to head Southern Polytechnic, obtained her doctorate in geology from Princeton University. She was a researcher on the Mars Project and a finalist in NASA’s astronaut selection program.

Dr. Cassanova will address visions for the future of space exploration, and Dr. Rossbacher will discuss international collaboration for the exploration of Mars.

Networking begins at 6:30 p.m. in SPSU’s Student Center Ballroom and the program begins at 7:15. To register, contact GlobalAtlanta by Monday, Dec. 6, at (404) 377-7710 or

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