Mars has always been seen as a planet possibly teeming with life. Through recent missions, including the Opportunity rover, we have shown that there are no little green men – but we have found clear evidence of water on Mars in the past and present.
Dr. D Brown (NTU) will talk about Europe's own rover mission to Mars, ExoMars, which is blasting off during March and will arrive by 2018. This mission will search for past signs of life under the surface of Mars by drilling two metres down and using a specifically designed laboratory. This talk will be followed by a brief introduction to what is visible in this month's sky.
The event will start at 8 pm with Dr D Brown's talk on the ExoMars mission. Refreshments will be offered from 8.45 pm in the CELS foyer. Afterwards, visitors will get a tour of the NTU observatory and the chance to see interesting objects in the winter sky using the observatory's telescopes, small telescopes and binoculars, if the weather allows it.
If the weather is not good, a small planetarium session will be offered in the observatory pointing out objects of interest.