Mars Week at the SETI Institute

Mars Week at the SETI Institute 10.1 - 10.7 + Bonus

landscape    The Martian - the Science Behind the Scenario
October 01, 2015
The Mars Experts of the SETI Institute Carl Sagan Center Talk About the Science Behind the Scenario - Water and perchlorates will be critical resources in the establishment of a human colony on the Red Planet in many ways: for one, water is essential to our daily lives, for instance, to drink or to grow crops.
Andy Weir    Hear Andy Weir Talk About The Martian
October 01, 2015
It’s billed as “the best movie on this or any other planet,” and millions of folks will be lining up outside their local multiplex this week to experience the troubles Matt Damon confronts when abandoned on the Red Planet.
the martian    Is there life on Mars? We’re finally starting to wonder again
October 02, 2015
The most interesting thing we wonder about Mars is this: does it house Martians? This week, some highly technical research touted during a Nasa press conference has given hope for an answer.
Mars ice cap    Farming Water on Mars
October 02, 2015
One of the principal concerns of any human residing on Mars – abandoned or otherwise – is harvesting water. SETI Institute scientist Adrian Brown has studied the habits of martian water, and has valuable insights for future colonists.
Mars mission    How to Survive a Trip to Mars - Panel Discussion
October 02, 2015
mars atmosphere    Atmospheric Circulation on the Red Planet
October 03, 2015
Mark Watney’s fictional expedition to Mars was compromised by a bad storm. But much of the behavior of winds on this planet is amenable to analysis by Mars experts on Earth, including SETI scientist Angela Zalucha.
viking    Protecting Both Mars and Earth
October 04, 2015
Space is arguably the final frontier, but frontiers can be dangerous. Planetary protection specialist Margaret Race has helped convene a NASA workshop to figure out what are the biggest dangers of sending anyone or anything to the Red Planet.
CRISM    Rock on, Mars!
October 06, 2015
In his efforts to be rescued, Mark Watney has to traverse a long valley known as Mawrth Vallis. SETI Institute scientist Janice Bishop, who studies the composition of materials on the martian landscape, is an advocate of sending missions to this valley long before any humans venture to the Red Planet
dunes    Dunes, Dust Devils and the Martian Weather
October 07, 2015
Bad weather was the instigator of existential problems for “The Martian.” But Mark Watney and his fellow crew members might have avoided catastrophe (and changed the premise of Andy Weir’s novel) had they been able to avail themselves of the climate analyses of Lori Fenton, a scientist at the SETI Institute.
   Mars Week at the SETI Institute
October 07, 2015
cams    Meteors and Mars
October 08, 2015
One hazard that real travelers to Mars will need to think about are meteors. With its far thinner atmosphere, the Red Planet won’t offer as good a shield against these high-speed, small rocks as we enjoy here on Earth. SETI Institute scientist Peter Jenniskens considers one way we might estimate the dangers.
Gale crater    Editorial: Lakes on Mars
October 08, 2015
I thought I was going to share my thoughts with you on the new study that was just published by Science. I hope you will enjoy this commentary, and better, that it will bring you some insight into that story.


Mars was once no more than just another bright, peripatetic point of light in the sky.  But it came into its own with the invention of the telescope.  Unlike other planets, Mars could be seen to have obvious topography – light and dark areas that, while of uncertain origin, bespoke a world that might be very similar to our own. 

By the end of the 19th century, both astronomers and science-fiction writers had established the Red Planet as the most likely abode of life in our solar system.