Mars - Man or Machine   Fully Booked

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08 November 2017 18:00 - 22:00
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NASA are planning to put a man on Mars by 2030 and Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, are working to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. The EMSTA 2017 seminar intends to explore the technical and human challenges of extended space travel and how to survive on Mars, a distant hostile planet.
The first speaker, Dr. Tanya Lim, will cover the ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), which is currently at Mars aerobraking towards its science orbit - expected to be reached in April 2018. The 2016 mission will study trace gases in the Martian atmosphere to advance our understanding of climatology and the link between the atmosphere and surface. One aspect of the mission of particular interest is the study of the origins of methane, which potentially are biological. Tanya's talk will introduce the mission and give an update on status and early results.
The second speaker, Abbie Hutty, will describe ExoMars Rover.
ExoMars is Europe’s first Rover mission to Mars – a mission in search of life, past or present. Abbie Hutty, the lead Spacecraft Structures Engineer working on the rover, will describe the mission’s aims and objectives, some of the major challenges and design drivers of a robotic mission to the Mars surface, and how engineers are developing new technology and software to meet those challenges.
The third speaker, Nick Spall, will discuss Man or Machine? The Issues.
  • Routes for humans to Mars: NASA’s plans, Elon Musk's plans.
  • What it will do to the body? Zero-g effects, radiation dangers, disease and death mid-mission.
  • What will it do to the mind? Isolation, spacecraft confinement, distance from Earth contact and support, signal delays.
  • Surface operations and issues - dust, radiation, resource utilisation.
  • Effectiveness of human operations, and scientific results.




Dr. Tanya Lim ESA Science Operations Department; Abbie Hutty Airbus Defence and Space Limited; Nick Spall Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society


Weston Auditorium
De Havilland Campus
University of Hertfordshire
AL10 9EU
United Kingdom

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