Planning an Expedition to Mars
PLANNING AN EXPEDITION TO MARS
A One-Day Symposium to be held in theBritish Interplanetary Society's Conference Room27/29 South Lambeth RoadLondon SW8 1SZ
on Monday 24th February 2003 9.30 - 18.00
Amundsen, Scott, Hilary and Tensing - names that conjure up the danger and excitement of exploring the most challenging, remote environments on Earth.
Today, there are few unexplored regions on our home planet, but new challenges await on other worlds. Scientists and engineers are already looking ahead to a time when humans will set foot on the pristine sands of Mars and venture forth to explore a world equivalent in area to the continental land masses of Earth.
Robotic space missions have already shown that our planetary neighbour boasts a highly diverse terrain - volcanoes, canyons, ice caps, deserts, mountains and subterranean systems. Substantial amounts of water may lie just beneath the frozen surface.
What will it be like for the first explorers who set foot on the Red Planet? What conditions can they expect to meet and what environmental challenges will they have to overcome?
To mark the 70th anniversary of the British Interplanetary Society (BIS) and the 50th anniversary of the climbing of Everest, the BIS has organized a symposium to discuss various aspects of planning a human expedition to Mars.
Leading scientists from the United States and the UK will compare the environments on Earth and Mars and then investigate the similarities and differences that govern the planning of expeditions on both planets.
Highlights include a discussion of how scientists will search for Martian life - past or present - by Chris McKay of NASA's Ames Research Laboratory; a presentation by NASA's Jeffrey Jones on the medical issues facing humans and animals as they seek to settle a new world; a summary by Peter Read (University of Oxford) of the taxing surface conditions that would-be explorers of Mars would encounter; and an account by Charles Cockell (British Antarctic Survey) of the techniques that may be used to explore the Martian polar ice caps.
The symposium will also include a Mars expedition planning exercise in the afternoon.
Science on Martian Expeditions
Martian Lessons from Past Earth Expeditions
Lessons for Martian Expeditions from the NASA Haughton-Mars Project
Mars Expedition Communications
Martian Expedition Medicine
The Explorers Club and Space Exploration
Martian Polar Expeditions
Weather and Climate for Martian Expeditions
BIS Web site: http://www.bis-spaceflight.com
Date: 18 February 2003
Issued by Peter Bond, RAS Press Officer.