Open Dome Event – Europe's Mission to Mars – Mars
Mars has been explored in the past by several rovers, all of which were developed by NASA. Now the European Space Agency is sending their own rover to search for signs of life on Mars. Join Dr D Brown (NTU) to hear more about this exciting mission.
- From: Friday 26 February 2016, 8 pm
- To: Friday 26 February 2016, 10 pm
- Location: CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
Mars has always been seen as a planet possibly teeming with life. Through recent missions, including the Opportunity rover, we have shown that there are no little green men – but we have found clear evidence of water on Mars in the past and present.
Dr. D Brown (NTU) will talk about Europe's own rover mission to Mars, ExoMars, which is blasting off during March and will arrive by 2018. This mission will search for past signs of life under the surface of Mars by drilling two metres down and using a specifically designed laboratory. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction to what is visible in this month's sky.
Booking is required for this event. While attending, you consent to filming, photography, and sound recording – which may include you as a member of the audience – and its use in publication or advertising distribution, either printed or online, without payment or copyright.
The event will start at 8 pm with Dr D Brown's talk on the ExoMars mission. Refreshments will be offered from 8.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the winter sky using the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes and binoculars, if the weather allows it.
If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.
Booking is required for this event. Entrance is free and available to everyone who is interested.
Parking is available only for booked visitors in the Main Gate car park.