TIME: 11:15 a.m. Registration|
11:45 a.m. Luncheon
12:15 p.m. Guest Speaker
COST: $30.00 Members / General Public
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Robert Stewart, P.Geoph., University of Calgary
TOPIC: MARS ON EARTH - THE NASA HAUGHTON-MARS PROJECT - IN THE CANADIAN HIGH ARCTIC
The planet Mars has long held our Earth-bound fascination. That interest has intensified with the remarkable images delivered from the Mars Exploration Rovers and orbiters currently assessing the Martian surface. Understanding Mars and developing the technology to explore it have relied on many avenues of effort, including the use of Mars-analogue environments on Earth. The Haughton meteorite impact structure in the Canadian High Arctic is one of the most Mars-like places on Earth.
The main purpose of the HMP endeavour is to develop and test systems and logistics to be used in robotic and manned missions to Mars. For the last three years, the applied geophysics group from the University of Calgary, in conjunction with NASA investigators, has conducted shallow multicomponent seismic surveys and ground-penetrating radar (GPR) traverses near the HMP camp. We are interested in geophysically characterizing the shallow sediments of the crater as well as the Arctic permafrost layer (Mars is thought to have a similar permafrost-type layer which could have been a source of water for ancient, and perhaps future, life). The surveys and equipment used at HMP are prototypes for those that may be used on future Mars missions.
Also see www.arctic-mars.org or www.marsonearth.org
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