EventsMars Rover Landing Day

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Mars Rover Landing Day

8:00 AM – 7:30 PM


Come and celebrate the landing of NASA’s Perseverance Rover on Mars with a whole day of events and activities about the red planet.

8am to 10am (and during other gaps in the program): Live Stream
Live stream from NASA of the landing of the Mars 2020 mission and Perseverance Rover. Touchdown is expected at around 9.30am New Zealand time.

10am to 11am (or later depending on exact landing time): Talk ‘Searching for life’
Haritina Mogoșanu & Sam Leske (New Zealand Astrobiology Network)

12noon–12.30pm: Talk ‘Habitat construction using in situ resources in extreme environments, including Mars
Alan Scott (University of Canterbury, Department of Civil Engineering)

12.30pm to 1.15pm: Lunchtime Talk & Video ‘How to find Martian meteorites in Antarctica'
Miranda Satterthwaite (International Antarctic Centre)

2.30pm to 3.30pm (or later): Demo ‘Learn astronomy online with SLOOH’
Haritina Mogoșanu & Sam Leske (New Zealand Astrobiology Network)

3.30pm to 5pm: Interactive sessions: 

  • Opportunity to try SLOOH for yourself
  • Rocket building with Christchurch Rocketeers

5pm to 6pm: Talk "Why bother?’
Haritina Mogoșanu & Sam Leske (New Zealand Astrobiology Network)

6pm to 6.30pm: Demo: Martian meteorites: an opportunity to see (and touch!) some actual pieces of Mars and examine them close up with a digital microscope.

6.30pm to 7.30pm: Evening Talk ‘Just how on Earth can we tell what Mars is made of?’
James Scott (Otago University, President of the Geoscience Society of New Zealand)

Times, particularly in the morning, are approximate and will depend on what happens on Mars.

This family-friendly event is a partnership between the Library and the Canterbury Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Suitable for:
All Ages
Speakers and presentations

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