Exploring Mars and the search for life

17 September 2022 - 11:00

The Clock Tower & Humberstone Gate, Leicester

This is a drop-in event, there is no need to book. 


Event running times: 11:00-16:30


Mars rovers have gathered information that have revolutionised our view of the planet. We now know that hundreds of millions of years ago, Mars was in some ways Earth-like with deep lakes, rivers and deltas. 

The next rover mission planned is ExoMars. Suspended due to the Ukraine war, it was due for launch in 2022, carrying with it a Raman spectrometer – with technology developed at the University of Leicester. Its mission is to determine if an ancient Earth-like environment supported life by searching for organic material and a range of minerals. 

Join the Mars team to find out more about the alternative ways being considered to deliver the ExoMars rover to the surface of Mars, as well as the ongoing NASA-ESA Mars Sample Return programme – one of the most ambitious space missions yet attempted with the aim of returning samples from the Red Planet! 

Venue details: The Clock Tower & Humberstone Gate, Leicester, 3E Gates, LE1 5YA