What on Earth is so Good About Mars?

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Summary

Mars represents a rich destination for scientific discovery, and an important step in humanity’s exploration of deep space. In 2021 China became the third nation to land on the surface of the red planet. There are now six rovers, a lander and a helicopter scattered across the red planet, and we have barely scratched the surface. What have we found out so far from all the vehicles currently on the planet and what do we still hope to discover? Governments and corporations are investing more than ever in technology aimed at the exploration of Mars.

Griffith University’s Professor Paulo de Souza, Gilmour Space’s CEO Adam Gilmour, Dr Graziella Caprarelli, and Dr Eriita Jones join ABC’s Science Editor Jonathan Webb to discuss what has been found out so far, and what is still to be discovered. Is it all a mission of curiosity, or are there deeper implications for humanity?

What on Earth is so Good About Mars is presented with Griffith University.

This digital stream is available for ticket holders to watch on demand until 11.59pm, Sunday 20 March 2022. Please note tickets are no longer on sale for this event.

 

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Jonathan Webb

Jonathan Webb

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Jonathan Webb

Dr Jonathan Webb is a science journalist and broadcaster, currently working as Science Editor for the ABC in Sydney. He hails from Adelaide but spent a decade of his early...

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Adam Gilmour

Adam Gilmour

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Adam Gilmour

Adam Gilmour is the CEO and Co-founder of Gilmour Space, a venture-funded space technology and rocket company in Queensland that will be launching small satellites to orbit from 2022. A...

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Paulo de Souza

Paulo de Souza

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Paulo de Souza

Professor Paulo de Souza completed his Ph.D. in Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) at Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany and his undergraduate and M.Sc (Eng.) studies at UFES in...

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Graziella Caprarelli

Graziella Caprarelli

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Graziella Caprarelli

Dr. Graziella Caprarelli's area of professional expertise is in the study of volcanic activity of Earth and Mars. One of the tools she is presently employing in the study of...

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