Astrobiologists look for various possibilities of living on planets other than the Earth. During our Openlabs you will learn about the techniques they use to verify hypotheses regarding life on Mars. You will find out why astrobiology needs extremophiles and where the name Red Planet came from. On the Martian rover stand you will meet its constructors – winners of this year’s international University Rover Challenge, which took place in the USA, near the analog Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
Workshops: Planetary geology
Mars has one of the most versatile and interesting surfaces of all rocky planets known to us. It includes Olympus Mons – the highest mountain in the Solar System, which reaches 24 km higher than the level of surrounding flatlands. Many places of Mars’ Surface show signs of erosion, as well as the impact of floods and small river systems. At a certain period in the past, on the Surface of Mars there certainly existed some kind of liquid.
During the workshop, participants will become scientists searching for evidence of presence of microorganisms on a Martian soil simulant. They will also analyse similarities and differences between the Earth and Mars in order to verify scientific hypotheses, test ferromagnetic properties of the soil and many other. Scenario of the workshop has been created by experts from the European Space Agency and adapted to the curriculum of Polish high schools. Everybody, including teachers, will then have the opportunity to use acquired knowledge during geography, physics, chemistry or biology classes.
Shows: Martian rover
In our Openlab space you will have a chance to see the Modernity rover and meet its constructors – members of the PCz Rover Team from Częstochowa University of Technology. The team has celebrated a big success earlier this year after winning the 3rd prize at the prestigious University Rover Challenge, which took place near the analog Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, USA.
During the Festival, visitors will have the opportunity to watch the robot in action, “shake his hand” and talk to its creators about the process of constructing such a rover from scratch, challenges during the competition, requirements regarding the robot and all functionalities he can present in the meantime.
When and where?
15-17 September 2017,
12:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
CSC, 1st floor