The University of New Mexico's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and the Institute Of Meteoritics present a  lecture by Timothy McCoy, "Meteorites: Their role in asking questions and framing answers in Solar System exploration,"  Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in Northrop Hall, Room 122.

In this talk, McCoy will explore how meteorites are shaping the debate about planetary origins and evolutions. From Martian meteorites to basalts from the surface of the asteroid 4Vesta, missions are returning data that is best understood in the context of meteorites. Join the science team from the Dawn mission as they examine the key link between meteorites and spacecraft missions.

Timothy McCoy is department chair, geologist, curator-in-charge, Meteorite Collection, at the Department of Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History.

The talk will include an introduction to NASA's Dawn mission to asteroids Ceres and Vesta by Chris Russell, principal investigator to the mission.