Join us on Thursday 18th March for Uplink 42: a Mars Day special with two Space Rocks alumni: science broadcaster Dallas Campbell, and planetary scientist, Suzie Imber. We’ll be discussing the challenges, opportunities, and motivations behind the current focus on Mars, with the recent arrivals of UAE’s Hope orbiter, China’s orbiter and lander/rover Tianwen-1, and NASA’s Perseverance rover as well as future missions like the @europeanspaceagency/@roscosmos ExoMars lander/rover arriving in 2023. We’ll be live from the slightly earlier time of 7:30pm GMT / 8:30pm CET / 3:30pm EDT here (don’t forget to subscribe)


For more information on the full Mars Day programme, click here.


Dallas Campbell is a TV presenter, broadcaster and author, but most importantly, he was the host of the very first Space Rocks inaugural event, Space Rocks London 2018!  His work as a presenter on TV factual programmes and documentaries includes Science of Stupid, Bang Goes the Theory, The Gadget Show, Stargazing Live, The Sky at Night, Supersized Earth, Time Scanners, City in the Sky, Egypt’s Lost Cities, The Treasure Hunters, and Britain Beneath Your Feet. Beyond television, Dallas is an author, speaker, and ambassador for STEM education. He works closely with several major outreach initiatives. His book Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet charts the history, science and culture of human spaceflight. Dallas was awarded an Honorary Masters degree, an Honorary Fellowship from the British Science Association, honorary life membership for his work at the Royal Institution, and an Arthur C Clarke Media Award for services to space science. In 2016 he was a guest director of the Cheltenham Science Festival.


Suzie Imber will be well known to Space Rocks followers thanks to her amazing talk at Space Rocks London 2019 on planetary exploration and ESA’s BepiColombo mission. A planetary scientist and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) at the University of Leicester, she was the winner of the 2017 BBC Two television programme Astronauts, Do You Have What It Takes? Suzie is a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, as well as the only UK member of NASA’s MESSENGER Science Team, in recognition of her work studying Mercury’s magnetosphere. She is a co-investigator on the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (MIXS), an instrument designed and built at the University of Leicester, currently on board the ESA’s next Mercury mission, BepiColombo. MIXS is designed to determine the composition of the surface of Mercury in unprecedented detail (aimed at resolving key questions about Mercury’s formation and evolution), and will also measure Mercury’s x-ray aurora, a phenomenon recently discovered by Suzie’s research team studying the magnetosphere of Mercury.


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