Curiosity's adventures in Gale Crater, Mars
The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, touched down on the surface of Mars on August 5, 2012 in one of the most audacious planetary landings ever. This car-sized rover has been successfully exploring Gale crater since then. Built to conduct an investigation of modern and ancient environments on the surface of Mars, this talk will describe the rover's explorations and adventures, and discuss the latest findings. In particular, I will talk about how we plan Curiosity's adventures and how we decide what to investigate in the rocks we look at.
About Sanjeev Gupta
Prof. Sanjeev Gupta is a geologist in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College. He is interested in the evolution of surface environments and processes on Earth and Mars. He has spent much of his career studying ancient sedimentary rock formations in places like the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, and New Mexico. He analyses sedimentary rocks to reconstruct ancient landscapes and past environmental conditions. He is a Participating Scientist on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory - the Curiosity rover - where his role is to analyse ancient sedimentary rocks on Mars and determine if the Red Planet could ever have been habitable for life.