Living On Mars
In 2012 the EMC ("European Mars Convention" was organized in Neubiberg near Münich by the Mars Society Deutschland ("MSD") and the University of the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr). from Oct. 12th till Oct 14th. This was again the opportunity to learn, discuss together and make progress on our project. By clicking on the EMC12 poster (hereabove) you can visit the pages that MSD published on the event. You will find the pdf of all 23 presentations which were made...and photos. Next EMC, " EMC13 ", will take place in France. You will be advised of the place and the dates as soon as possible. If you want to have a look back at "our" Swiss EMC ( EMC11 ), click here:
On March 19th 2012, from 13h15 till 14h15, at the EPFL (Lausanne Campus) a conference was given by Pierre Brisson to the students of ENAC (School of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering (conference room CM113), on the theme "Living on Mars". This covered the access constraints, the local environmental constraints, the local resources and their possible exploitation, and the different type of possible habitats .
Searching for Life on Mars
Mars Society Switzerland
3 2 1On September 10th 2012 evening, the Mars Society Switzerland hold a conference in the Natural History Museum of Bern, on the theme of the search for life. Presentations were made by: 1 Professor André Maeder , astrophysicist, University of Geneva: “Was there a beginning of life on Mars in early days?” 2 Doctor Beda Hofmann , Natural History Museum Bern: “The search for life on Mars - and Earth.” 3 Pierre Brisson (Mars Society Switzerland): “Curiosity, after the landing: targets of exploration and instruments”. Searching for life is a recurring and permanent interest underlying all Mars missions. MSL will hopefully help us make progress on the subject. Professor Maeder, one of the most famous living Swiss astronomers, internationally acknowledged for his work on stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis, is also the author of the book: “L’unique Terre habitée?” where he describes what we understand, nowadays, about the evolution which on Earth, lead to this incredibly precious phenomenon which we call Life. He is more qualified than anybody to speak about the possibilities that life could once emerge on Mars. Doctor Hofmann has a lot of experience working on the optic identification of possible traces of early life (he developped the software of the ExoMars CLUPI instrument). He told us what indices of early forms of life we may expect to find on our sister planet. Both presentations were complementing each other and the conference came in due time to understand what is at stake and what we can expect from the new NASA MSL mission (as an introduction, Pierre Brisson presented the targets of exploration and the instruments used by Curiosity to study the rocks of Crater Gale.
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