NSN Webinar: Exploring the Earliest Habitable Environments on Mars

NSN Webinar: Exploring the Earliest Habitable Environments on Mars

  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Images: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, and Bethany Ehlmann

On Wednesday, June 21st the NASA Night Sky Network heard Dr. Bethany Ehlmann from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab update us on the latest plans for the Mars 2020 rover.

Earth has sustained life for more than 3.5 billion years. Meanwhile, Mars has undergone profound shifts in climate that have turned it into a cold, dry world. The last decade of exploration shows that for its first billion years, Mars hosted environments much like those on Earth and is the only other planet in the solar system to once have liquid water. What happened on the Red Planet that made it evolve so differently than Earth? This talk will focus on insights into the geologic history and the potential for habitability on our neighboring planet based on robotic exploration by orbiters and rovers with a look ahead to the Mars 2020 rover mission and the landing sites under consideration. 
 
About Bethany Ehlmann
Bethany Ehlmann is a professor of planetary sciences at Caltech and research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She focuses her research on planetary surface processes, infrared spectroscopy, the evolution of Mars, and chemical weathering and hydrothermal alteration throughout the solar system. She currently is a co-investigator on the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars science team, a participating scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, and a co-investigator for two instruments that are part of the Mars 2020 mission.


Last Update: June 22, 2017

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