16/10/2019

Royal visit to the group of atmospheric science



His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf was earlier this week on a "sustainability trip" in Norrbotten. One of the longer stops was at Luleå University of Technology, where he received inspiring presentations and demonstrations by different LTU researchers

One of the inspirational projects introduced to the King has been HABIT. If successful, HABIT will be the first Swedish instrument operating on the surface of Mars, as a part of the ExoMars 2020. Chaired Professor Javier Martín-Torres and Professor María-Paz Zorzano Mier explained the details of HABIT to the King. His Majesty and his delegation showed a great interest on HABIT, the environment of Mars, and the future plans of GAS.

HABIT can be considered a space research and technological milestone in the history of Sweden and Europe. It is an In-Situ Research utilization instrument for Mars but is also related to sustainability on Earth: “This technology can also be used on earth, for water farms in deserts” explained Chaired Professor Javier Martín-Torres.


GAS Professor Javier Martin-Tosrres introducing HABIT to His Majesty and the Royal Delegation | Credits: Luleå tekniska universitet
GAS Professors Javier Martin-Torres and María-Paz Zorzano introducing HABIT to His Majesty and the Royal Delegation | Credits: Luleå tekniska universitet