Member Talk: A Voyage to Mars

A photograph of Mars
Valles Marineris The Grand Canyon of Mars PA04304 © NASAUSGS

Event information

Event type: Online Members event

Free, online event - no ticket required.

15 July 2020 6pm-7pm

Join us for an event that is out of this world and uncover the secrets of Mars with Museum scientists and guest astrophysicist Prof Chris Lintott.

In anticipation of the launch of NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission, join Museum scientists in conversation with University of Oxford Professor, Chris Lintott, to discover the secrets of the red planet.

Through conversation with Prof Caroline Smith, Dr Peter Grindrod and PhD student Sara Motaghian, this event will explore the fascinating future of science on Mars.

Using visualisations, exploration data and specimens from the Museum's collection, guests will learn what makes Mars so fascinating, what is in orbit right now, and how Museum science is contributing to international research.

  • Learn more about the speakers

    Chris Lintott is a Professor of Astrophysics and Citizen Science at the University of Oxford, and a Sky at Night presenter. His current work considers star and galaxy formation. In addition, he runs citizen science projects to investigate galaxy formation, discover planets and more.

    Prof Caroline Smith is Head of Earth Sciences Collections and Principal Curator of Meteorites at the Museum. She has been researching meteorites since the late 1990s and is the recipient of a prestigious Aurora Fellowship from the UK Space Agency.

    Dr Peter Grindrod is a Research Leader in Meteoritics and Planetary Science at the Natural History Museum. He is involved in active space missions including the NASA InSight, and ESA TGO and ExoMars missions. His current focus is on the evolution of water and habitability on ancient Mars, and the role of active surface processes on present-day Mars. 

    PhD student Sara Motaghian is currently testing spectral instrumentation for the ExoMars 2022 Mission and building protocols and tools to analyse the returned data.

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