The HABIT Flight Model is ready for ExoMars!

Credits:GAS & Luleå Tekniska universitet


One of the main activities of the Group of Atmospheric Science is Mars Exploration. We are studying the Mars’ environment as well as its relevance for the design and operation of present and future missions to Mars.

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Mars Research

Find out all about the HABIT (HAbitability, Brine Irradiation and Temperature) instrument, selected as European payload element for the surface platform of the ESA/IKI ExoMars 2020 mission to Mars and under development at LTU.

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HABIT / ExoMars

Scientific exploitation of data from Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS, one of the instruments on board NASA’s Curiosity rover), is one of the current works of the Group of Atmospheric Science. Gain access to REMS data and papers produced from them here.

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REMS / Curiosity

MarsLab is a Martian environmental simulator to be installed at Luleå University of Technology, with the aim of becoming a cornerstone in the HABIT instrument development, as well as a reference facility for the further exploration of Mars.

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INSPIRE Lab and MarsLab
(Kempe funded)

The Group of Atmospheric Science leads de development of the LIFE project (Learning to Interpret Features from Exoplanets), planed in collaboration with Cambridge’s Institute for Astrobiology, and which entails the creation of an Expert Centre for Radiative Transfer and Retrieval.

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Exoplanet Research
(Wallenberg & Kempe funded)

In order to improve the analytical capacity of remote sensing and the reliability of retrieval processes applied to data collected from them, the Group of Atmospheric Science performs in situ ice cloud measurements by means of sounding balloons launched from Esrange Space Center, Kiruna.

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In-situ cloud microphysics
(SNSA funded)

This project is aimed to improve the forecasting capability of WRF model in the arctic region, and in particular in the area of Esrange Space Center, in order to optimize the activity of the launch base.

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Wind Forecast at Esrange
(SNSA funded)

LTU’s Group of Atmospheric Science is a member of the Nordic Wind Energy Center, intended to support the development of the wind industry from the knowledge gathered so far by several Nordic universities.

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Nordic Wind Energy Center
(EU funded)

SWASDAG is an international project proposed by the Group of Atmospheric Science at Luleå University of Technology, and funded by the Swedish Council for Scientific Research (Vetenskapsrådet)

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(Vetenskapsrådet funded)

The Far-Infrared Outgoing Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM), has been selected by ESA as one of the next missions to be developed within its Living Planet programme, devoted to observing Earth from space.

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FORUM project

IGOSP (Integrated Global Observing System for Persistent Pollutants) project, is framed in the Strand-3 of the wider ERA-Planet programme, and is aimed to develop a real-time monitoring system to check the quality of the environment.

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IGOSP project
(ERC H2020 funded)

NoICE (Nordic Icing Center of Expertise) is a joint project funded by Interreg Botnia-Atlantica and aimed to palliate the problems caused to infraestructures and services by atmospheric icing in the Arctic region.

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NoIce Project
(European Research Council)


S3ME2 is the second prototype of a device thought to autonomously gathering environmental data for unlimited periods of time. It is being built at LTU, and will be installed in Iceland, where it will be used to support earthquakes precursors analysis while being tested.

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(Per Bengtssons Foundation)

The Luleå Environmental Monitoring Stations project, which will be tested in a pilot programme in Luleå, is aimed to the implementation of a system for controlling the environment quality in smart cities.

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(Smart Cities pilots Grant)

Post-Doctoral Applications

We encourage Post-Doctoral Scholars to research with us. Apply now!


HABIT Tour in New Scientist Live

New Scientist Live is the most important Science Festival in the world and HABIT Tour participated with the box installation and a talk by Chaired Professor Javier Martin-Torres titled “Can we live in the Red Planet.

Royal visit to the Group of Atmospheric Science

His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf was earlier this week on a "sustainability trip" in Norrbotten.

FORUM: a mission selected by ESA to view the Earth with different eyes.

ESA has chosen the Far-infrared-Outgoing-Radiation Understanding and Monitoring (FORUM)mission to be the ninth Earth Explorer mission.

HABIT testing at aarhus wind tunnel in mars conditions

A dedicated campaign to test HABIT EQM under Mars environmental conditions took place, on 6th-9th August 2019, at Aarhus (Denmark), in the Danish/ESA Mars Simulation Wind Tunnel.

ESA 2019 Space Talks Program

GAS-LTU will participate in two educative and outreach events of the European Space Agency (ESA) in September and October.

The fascinating world of Planetary Protection

Dr. Rettberg is a co-I of HABIT and is furthermore and expert on planetary protection that assists the European Space Agency (ESA) monitoring the bioburden levels of instruments, and spacecraft that are sent to Mars and participating in the training activities that are given to engineers and scientists involved in space missions.



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