Mars Week at Luleå University of Technology

Between May 29th and June 1st, the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) will host a “Mars Week”, on the occasion of the first HABIT science team meeting at LTU. Apart from the working sessions on the current stage of the instrument’s development and the pooling of the work lines to follow hereunder, a series of events for the spreading of the word about Mars and the investigations to be performed in the planet by means of HABIT during the ExoMars 2020 mission have been scheduled.

Credits: NASA/JPL

On May 30-31 the HABIT Science Team will meet at Luleå University of Technology to discuss about the status of the project and the mission, as well as about the future exploitation of the data and its relation with other instruments on the 2020 mission. More than 20 worldwide recognized experts from several countries in Europe, USA, Canada, and Japan, will meet in Luleå during those days.
Yet, Mars week is not only aimed to provide a chance for the HABIT team members to meet at the instrument’s alma mater. It has been organized with the intention of offering to the Luleå University of Technology’s academics and students and, for that matter, to the general public, the opportunity of knowing closely almost all about the exploration of Mars and, importantly, about the prospect of HABIT, the instrument meant to mark a milestone in the progress of Swedish science.

The schedule and locations of the OPEN TO EVERYBODY events during the Mars Week is listed below:

Mars week (May 29 – June 1st)

May 29

17:00-18:00, (room A2516a): Presentation of the INSPIRE LAB, prototypes and the LTU Atmospheric Science Group, and future HABIT science activities (field site campaigns...). Some light finger food and drinks will be served.

June 1

Outreach lectures will take place in room F531

10:30-11:00: ”Ice ages on Mars”, by Peter Read, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, U.K.

11:00-11:30: “Mars and microbes”, by Prof. Oddur Vilmhelsson, University of Akureyri, Iceland.

11:30–12:00: “The Evolving Climate of Mars: Turning an Ocean Into a Desert”, by Michael Mischna, NASA/Jet Propoulsion Laboratory, USA.

13:00-on, (Room B192): Projection of the movie “The Martian” followed by 45 min of scientific discussion about the movie.