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Could Mars Become Our Future Home?

An artist impression of an astronaut on Mars

Speaker: Dr Beatriz Sánchez–Cano, STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester

Mars is our horizon for human exploration and now more than ever it seems a reality.

Space agencies and private companies have their eyes fixed on our red neighbour, but what does it take to go to Mars? Is Mars the holiday-destination paradise of our Solar System?

Could Mars have once been habitable? Or will be?

This lecture will focus on all these questions and explore the current feasibility of sending humans to the next frontier.

Doors open at the venue at 18:30 with the talk beginning at 19:00. Please enter the Museum of Making via the Lombe Door. Please note that the Museum of Making is OPEN for this talk although the website states is not open until 26 January. It is not open for the General Public until 26 January, this talk is a private event and will be open.

There will be a bar available for the purchase of refreshments.

About the Speaker

Dr Beatriz Sánchez-Cano is an STFC Ernest Rutherford fellow and Lecturer at the University of Leicester, working mainly on planetary-solar wind interactions. Beatriz did her PhD in Spain at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, having several long-research stays at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) of the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Netherlands, and at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy. She then moved to Leicester in 2014 as a Post Doctoral Research Associate, where she became an academic member in 2021.

Her research work has significantly contributed to our understanding of the Martian ionosphere, through analysis of data from a range of instruments and missions, and through development of a widely used numerical model. Moreover, Dr Sánchez-Cano contributes to an array of space missions, such as the BepiColombo mission to Mercury where she is Guest Investigator, the Mars Express mission where she is CoI and in co-charge of the radar ionospheric observations, in addition to various current and future Mars missions, including leadership of an ESA M7-class mission proposal, M-MATISSE, devoted to the Mars’ plasma environment and currently in Phase-0 of study at ESA.