As NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars, UNSW is playing a key role in the search for life on the red planet. In July 2019, Professor Martin Van Kranendonk took a team of NASA and European Space Agency scientists to the Pilbara, in the Western Australian outback.
Perseverance has landed on the crater floor, near to the olivine carbonate unit, about 1 km southeast of the delta deposits, in perfect position for its search for ancient life!
Best wishes for a safe landing for Perseverance on Friday morning. Very very exciting (and nerve racking….).
The discovery that the atmosphere of Venus absorbs a precise frequency of microwave radiation has just turned planetary science on its head. An international team of scientists used radio telescopes in Hawaii and Chile to find signs that the clouds on Earth’s neighbouring planet contain tiny quantities of a molecule...
The Einstein lecture delivered for National science week, featuring ACA members Chris Tinney, and Martin Van Kranendonk , for a combined lecture on “Life Among the Stars.” If you missed the livstream then it can be accessed from here.
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