In August a panel of scientists including the ACA Director Martin Van Kranendonk talked about Mars at a special UNSW Big Questions Institute event at the Sydney Opera House. Here is the recording of that event.
Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have found seven Earth-sized rocky planets in the habitable zone of a single star. The planetary system is just 40 light years away in the constellation of Aquarius.
ACA Director Prof Martin Van Kranendonk participated in the 3rd NASA Mars Rover 2020 Landing Site workshop in California. Three sites were selected from eight - Jezero Crater, NE Syrtis, and a revisit to Columbia Hills where the Rover Spirit uncovered interesting material before contact was lost with it.
ACA PhD student Yi-Ling Hwong has won an Outstanding Student award for her presentation on social media at the annual American Geophysical Union Fall meeting in San Francisco in December.
Congratulations to Professor Malcolm Walter, Founding Director of the ACA, who received an AM in the Australia Day honours for "significant service in the field of astrobiology as an author, academic. educator and mentor."
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