19/10/2018

HABIT corner at Teknikens Hus


Teknikens Hus, at Luleå University of Technology has devoted a corner to a permanent exhibition of HABIT (HabitAbility, Brines Irradiation and Temperature) instrument, which is included in the aerospace technology area of the museum. There, it shares room with satellites, rockets, the ISS and other remarkable space exploration achievements.

The installation consists of a cabinet showing a short explanation video in which Professor Javier Martín-Torres and Professor María Paz Zorzano talk about the instrument’s basic working and its importance in Mars exploration, as well as about the possible implications for future missions.

Visitors will have the chance to watch and touch a replica of the instrument to get a better understanding of its functioning, its size, and the scientific goals of this innovative Swedish project that will be part of the ESA’s ExoMars 2020 mission.

HABIT instrument is conceived to confirm the occurrence of transient liquid water on Martian ground, what would cast new light on the assessment of the habitability of the planet, and to demonstrate the possibility of capturing water from the atmosphere for In-Situ-Resource-Utilization uses.

Credit: GAS