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The ExoMars mission: exploring the martian atmosphere and the search for life

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The ESA /Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) satellite arrived at Mars on 19th October 2016 after a seven month journey and is at this very moment returning valuable scientific data from multiple instruments. The TGO satellite has the primary goal of searching for evidence of methane and other trace atmospheric gases that could be signatures of active biological or geological processes. At the Open University, our team is involved in both the operations of two instruments on the spacecraft along with analysis and interpretation of the data returned, including assimilating this data into Mars global circulation models. In this talk, I will give an overview of the mission objectives and current status, and detail the key processes at play in the martian atmosphere. The tools we use to interpret the data (in many ways similar to the process for Earth observations) will also be detailed along with the future elements of the ExoMars mission.

This talk is part of the British Antarctic Survey series.

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