The Eighth International Conference on Mars


The 8th International Conference on Mars is being held at California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, CA. The conference and presenters are summarizing the current understanding of Mars as well as looking at scientific questions to be investigated in the future. Scientists from NASA ARES are among the amazing presenters sharing their research this week!  Check them out below!

PNiles_Mars8Paul Niles, presented “Sedimentary Mounds on Mars: Tracing Present-Day Formation Processes Into The Past”. His talk focused on the similarities between modern and older processes on Mars, focusing on mounds found in craters. Present day processes on Mars may provide insight into the past.

PCraig_Mars8Post-doctoral Research Scientist Patricia Craig presented her work as well. Her research, and the research of all the scientists presenting at the Mars 8 Conference, aims to further the understanding the history of Mars.

LRampe_Mars8Liz Rampe answers questions from other Mars scientists after her oral presentation. Liz’s presentation, entitled, “Amorphous Phases on the Surface of Mars” generated a lot of interest and discussion! Her work includes the analysis of data from Mars orbiters and landers, including the Curiosity Rover.

DMorris_Mars8Dick Morris discusses his poster with fellow ARES researcher, Brad Sutter. His work compares minerals found in rocks analyzed by the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover with minerals in rocks found in California.

DArcher_Mars8Doug Archer chats with another Mars scientist. Doug’s poster presentation is entitled, “Nanophase Carbonates on Mars: Formation, Detection, and Implications”. His research focuses on data obtained by the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover.

BSutter_Mars8Brad Sutter is presenting his work to another scientist. His work also includes the analysis of data from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument onboard the Curiosity rover.



MSBell_Mars8Mary Sue Bell discusses a series of experiments she is working on designed to support the interpretation of data from Mars. She presented her work entitled, “Experimental Alteration of Basalt to Support Interpretation of Remote Sensing and In-Situ Measurements from Mars”.

CAllen_Mars8Carl Allen is sharing his research. His work, “The Formation and Erosion History of Mt. Sharp” is investigating how the central mound (referred to as Mt. Sharp) in Gale Crater, formed and may have changed over time. The Curiosity Rover landed in and has been exploring Gale Crater since August 2012.

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