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Exploring modern and ancient Mars by robot

Event schedule details

Saturday 29 June

13.00-13.45

Event location details

Lecture theatre, G16

Imperial College London

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Speaker: Sanjeev Gupta

Humans send robots to Mars to search for evidence for extraterrestrial life, in particular ancient life. This is not an easy task. It is crucial to find the right rocks that might contain ancient biosignatures. But how do we go about this?  

Sanjeev Gupta is Professor of Earth Sciences at Imperial College London. He is a geologist by training and has spent much of his career studying sedimentary rock formations in places like the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, and landscapes under the sea in the English Channel. In the past ten years, he switched his attention to exploring the geology of Mars. 

In his festival talk he will describe the explorations of the Curiosity Rover and how our results have changed the way we understand the nature of the Early Mars environment and climate. He will then discuss the exciting new Mars Rover missions that are due to launch in 2020.

This is part of our ‘Spotlight on Science’ talks series. Take a look at the other talks in this series.


This event is free but booking is available to guarantee a place. 
Please arrive ten minutes before the event begins. If you arrive after the event has started, your ticket will be reallocated.
Limited tickets will be available on the day, but we recommend pre-booking to guarantee a place.

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