11.40am Friday 2nd February 2024

Professor Andrew Coates is a UCL Professor of Physics and Deputy Director (Solar System) of the Mullard Space Science Laboratory at UCL. He leads the PanCam team on the ESA ExoMars 2020 rover, which will search for signs of past or even present life on Mars .Andrew has been involved in many space exploration missions during his time at UCL. These include key roles in instruments for the AMPTE, Giotto, Cluster, Cassini, Venus Express and Mars Express missions, and for the Beagle 2 lander which almost worked on Mars. He led Beagle 2’s Stereo Camera System and was lead co-investigator for UCL’s Electron Spectrometer (ELS) on the Cassini mission. 

Looking for life on Mars - Rosalind Franklin mission update

We live in exciting times: the search for life in our solar system beyond Earth is intensifying. Perseverance is collecting samples for return from Mars in the 2030s, JUICE is on its way and Europa Clipper launching this year to explore habitability of Jupiter’s moons also in tge 2030s. In 2028, Rosalind Franklin will launch to Mars to drill up to 2m underneath the harsh surface to search for signs of life on Mars. In this talk we will discuss the unique features of Rosalind Franklin and the UK’s key roles in this exciting mission

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