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Looking for Life on Mars
Mars is our closest target in the search for life beyond Earth. 3.8 billion years ago, Mars had significant volcanism, a magnetic field, water on the surface and a thick atmosphere – at a time when life was starting on Earth. Mars now is cold and dry, and has a thin carbon dioxide atmosphere, with a harsh surface. We discuss current and future missions, especially the ESA-Russia Rosalind Franklin (ExoMars 2022) rover. We will discuss the UK's roles in the mission, including our PanCam. We will drill to 2m under the harsh Martian surface for the first time, to search for signs of past or even present life.
On 20th January 2021, IET Surrey is delighted to host Professor Andrew Coates who will give us the benefit of his knowledge on the Mars explorations which his team of scientists have been involved in to reveal, whether there really is, life on Mars?