Sunday, January 27, 2013

Search For Life On Mars

In this 6th session of the internet-based live lectures between Universities and Institutes, Dr Jorge Vago discusses missions to Mars and in particular the European mission ExoMars.
ExoMars's scientific objectives are: 1) To search for signs of past and present life; 2) To identify surface hazards to future human missions; and 3) To characterize  in the shallow subsurface, the vertical distribution profile for water and geochemical composition. ExoMars will deploy a high-mobility rover on the Martian surface, carrying a comprehensive suite of analytical instruments dedicated to exobiology, geochemistry, and environmental research. Over its planned 6-month lifetime, the rover will travel a few tens of kilometers searching for traces of past and present signs of life.

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