2021-02-16, 15:00: Mr. Kevin Nolan (TUD)
Mr. Kevin Nolan
Technological University Dublin , Ireland
Mars, the Search for Origins (ASI Colloquium)
Abstract: Mars shared an early history not dissimilar to Earth, and so the origin of life there is considered plausible. This talk looks at the history of our engagement with Mars; and examines the present day multi-decadal robotic exploration campaign to characterise the planet and what it has to reveal about life origins processes. The reasoning for exploring the planet are considered, and the resulting scientific priorities, mission and instrument characteristics outlined. Finally, key results to date are presented, what they reveal about the planet and how they will shape the next missions there.