May Public Meeting – The New Mars Rover

For our meeting this month Gary Auker will be speaking about:

“The New Mars Rover”

Back in early 2004, the idea that the Red Planet had once been covered with rivers, lakes and seas was a mere hypothesis. By 2005, two  roving laboratories had collected abundant evidence on the Martian surface that turned the idea into an established model, including stratified sediments and minerals that likely formed in the presence of water.

Designed to last for 90 days, both rovers have now passed almost lasted 6 years, and one  shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

Now that we know Mars had water, future missions are aimed at discovering how long it lasted and whether it persists today. More elaborate missions with larger lander-rovers are planned to help answer these questions and continue the hunt for life on Mars. Gary Auker’s talk will explore such ideas and the cutting-edge technology behind this new generation of robotic explorers.

The public meeting takes place at the Henry Dixon Hall, Rivenhall End on Wednesday 19th May at 7:30pm. For more details, see the events page.


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