EMSTA to host seminar: Mars – Man or Machine?


The Engineering Maths Science and Technology Association (EMSTA CIC) is hosting its annual prestige seminar on Wednesday 8th November. Running for the 19th year in association with various professional engineering and science Institutions, this year’s seminar will pose the question: Mars – Man or Machine? NASA is planning to put a man on Mars by 2030 and Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, is working to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. The EMSTA 2017 seminar intends to explore the technical and human challenges of extended space travel and how to survive on Mars, a distant hostile planet.

“We are extremely excited about this year’s seminar, which marks an important development in space exploration,” commented Ian Williamson, Secretary, EMSTA. “We are keen for participation from anyone interested in this arena. For young people looking to begin a career, this will provide a unique opportunity to gain valuable insight and contacts. Mars exploration could be as exciting as when man first walked on the moon, so imagine being a part of the team that makes that happen.”

The seminar will be chaired by Professor Yang Gao, FIET FRAeS, Associate Dean (International) of Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Professor of Space Autonomous Systems, Surrey Space Centre. Head of STAR Lab.

The first speaker, Dr. Tanya Lim, will cover the ExoMars 2016 Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), which is currently at Mars aerobraking towards its science orbit - expected to be reached in April 2018. One aspect of the mission of particular interest is the study of the origins of methane, which potentially are biological.

The second speaker, Abbie Hutty, will describe ExoMars Rover, Europe’s first Rover mission to Mars – a mission in search of life, past or present.

The third speaker Nick Spall will talk about Man or Machine? The Issues. After talking about routes for humans to Mars, he will describe what it will do to the body, and the mind. He will discuss surface operations and issues (dust, radiation, resource utilisation) and the effectiveness of human operations.

Taking place at Weston Auditorium, De Havilland Campus, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, the evening starts with networking from 18:00, followed by a chaired discussion session when the audience can put forward their questions to the speakers. The evening ends at 21:30.

The seminar is free to attend, but advance booking is required via https://bookwhen.com/emsta.

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