Mars 2020 Workshop Series

ROADS on Mars Challenge Overview

Speaker: Kay Ratcliff, Field scientist from NESSP

Water on Mars and Search for life on Mars

Speaker: Elisabeth Hausrath
Dr. Elisabeth Hausrath (UNLV) has recently been selected to serve as a participating scientist on the Mars 2020 mission. She will specifically be working with the rest of the science team to help select samples to be returned to Earth from Mars. The Mars 2020 rover mission is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The Mars 2020 mission addresses high-priority science goals for Mars exploration, including key questions about the potential for life on Mars. The mission takes the next step by not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life itself. To learn more, please visit the Mars 2020 website.

Speaker: Dr. Henry Sun
Dr. Henry Sun studies life in extreme environments – places that are in one way or another similar to Mars. Dr. Sun studies Mars analogue in order to understand whether there’s life in these places that are comparable to Mars, learning how to go about detecting life and organisms, and developing ideas for reliable instruments that we can send to Mars to look for life there.

Speakers: Dr. Ganqing Jiang
Dr.Ganqing Jiang, professor of geology, studies Sedimentary Geology and Stable Isotope Geochemistry.

Mars 2020 & Drone Basics

Speaker: Dr. William Culbreth
Dr. William Culbreth is working with his graduate students on nuclear fission rockets which are proposed for manned flights to Mars in 2030.