Aurora - Europe's journey to Mars
A collection of ten videos describing Aurora's mission to Mars. The topics covered in the films include:
- Why we explore: the film explains the reasons behind scientists' search for the evidence of signs of past life on Mars
Astrobiology: the video explains how scientists look at life that exists in extreme environments on Earth, to see what kind of life we might see on the surface of Mars.
Atacama Desert: the film describes a research trip to find extremophiles that might give scientists some clues as to the kind of life that may exist on the surface of Mars.
Instrument field trials: explains how the ExoMars instruments, the Pancam and Raman spectroscopy instruments can both help scientists identify areas of interest on the surface of Mars.
PanCam engineering: shows how precision machines are used to produce the PanCam instrument, which will be sent to the European Space Agency to be integrated on to the ExoMars rover.
Autonomous navigation: explains how the Mars rover technologies must be partly autonomous, since the signals from Earth to Mars take too long for every command to be send from Earth.
Mars Yard: looks at how the ‘Mars Yard’, at Airbus Defence and Space, Stevenage, allows engineers to test out the capabilities of the ExoMars rover.
Landing Sites: talks about how challenging it is to find a scientifically compelling site for the ExoMars rover to land in.
Raman spectroscopy: looks at the spectrometer which shows the organic compounds that were found on the quartz, as well as the composition of the quartz itself.
Collaborative science: explains how scientists from many different disciplines have been brought together for the European Space Agency Aurora programme.
|Subject(s)||Careers, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics|
|Published||2010 to date|
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- Aurora - Europe's journey to Mars