Royal Observatory Greenwich Christmas Lecture

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Thursday 10 December 2020 | 7pm - 8.15pm
Observatory lectures
10% members discount

Join us for the annual Royal Observatory Christmas Lecture, which features different topics in astronomy from expert astrophysicists.

NASA's Curiosity Rover has easily been one of the most successful Mars rovers ever built. Following its remarkable landing on the surface via the futuristic Sky Crane in 2012, this nearly 1 tonne mobile laboratory has been slowly but surely travelling around the interior of Gale Crater, the result of an ancient impact from space and a suspected dried-up lake. The multiple tools and instruments of Curiosity have been used to study the composition of the surface and the atmosphere, looking in part for the all important signs of life, whether ancient or current. Join us as Professor Sanjeev Gupta (Imperial College London) looks into the successes and discoveries of this remarkable machine. He'll discuss the many open questions surrounding one of our nearest neighbouring planets and takes a look forward at the NASA Perseverance rover, due to land in February 2021, and the ESA/Roscosmos Rosalind Franklin rover mission, and the contributions they will make to our understanding of the Red Planet.

After the lecture, the audience will have the chance to participate in a question and answer session.

Recommended for ages 11+