Mars Atmospheric Science and Recent Mars Missions Workshop

Workshop Information

The Workshop will focus on the analyses of the Martian atmosphere, atmosphere-to-surface interactions and recent status of ongoing and future Martian missions. Specific workshop themes include

  • The analysis of the plans and operational strategies for the ExoMars-2020 mission.
  • The analysis of observations of the ExoMars-2016 and Maven missions and from the recent NASA InSight Mission launched on 5 May 2018.
  • The analysis of data from the two missions Mars Express and Mars Science Laboratory
  • Development of new approaches (new algorithms, cloud computing tools) to study the large amount of Martian observations (including, e.g., atmosphere, dust, radiation and surface processes).
  • Initiatives to include Mars in the University courses as well as a standard outreach activity in high schools.

Additionally, the topics of the Martian magnetic field, Martian geodesic studies related to the Phobos and Deimos eclipses will be analyzed. They offer an example to integrate the scientific and technological questions associated to the space instrumentation.

In this context, the Workshop will give overviews of the various above mentioned activities in a framework of scientific and technological cooperation in the European planetary science community.


Note! The modifications to the agenda below are possible depending on the progress of the meeting. The timeslot reserved for each talk includes the discussions regarding the presentation content.

Tuesday 21st of May

Arrival Day

Wednesday 22nd of May

Workshop Day 1

09:00 Gathering to the Conference Room. Opening statement and Workshop LOC statement

Session 1

09:30 Luis Vazquez: The UCM Martian Studies Group: History and Achievements

10:00 Ari-Matti Harri: ExoMars 2020 mission objectives and payload

10:30 Fernando Lopez Martinez / Andres Russu: UC3M infrared sensors for Mars Atmospheric Science retrieval

11:00 Coffee break

Session 2

11:30 José Antonio Rodríguez Manfredi: MEDA, the instrument onboard Mars2020 to characterize the dust cycle and the environment near the surface

12:00 M.P. Velasco: Dynamic of the Martian atmospheric dust through fractional diffusion models

12:30 Jose Luis Vazquez-Poletti: Computing Solutions for Mars Exploration: from the Cloud to Serverless

13:00 Manuel Dominguez: Advanced numerical modeling of thermal sensors for Mars Exploration and working under smart controls

13:30 Lunch break

Session 3

16:00 Daniel Santos-Muñoz: Present and future of atmospheric numerical modelling

16:30 Eva Mateo: Planetary Atmosphere and Simulation Chamber

17:00 Coffee break

17:30 Simone Silvestro: Aeolian features on Mars 

18:00 Felipe Gomez: Conditions for life to exits: determining environmental parameters on Mars

18:30 Juan Alday: Trace gas retrievals from ACS on board ExoMars TGO

19:00 Wrap-up of the Day 1

Thursday 23rd of May

Workshop Day 2

09:00 Gathering to the Conference Room

Session 4

09:30 Salvador Jimenez: Confinement of a charged particle in a quadrupolar magnetic field

10:00 Gonzalo Barderas: Geodetic Techniques for the Mars Exploration: positioning by means of Phobos eclipses and determining Mars figure parameters

10:30 Fabio Coccaro: In Situ Instrument for Mars luminescence dating application

11:00 Coffee break

Session 5

11:30 Sandra Bermejo Broto: Metamaterials for energy harvesting

12:00 Alexander B Shvartsburg: Dielectric resonant magnetic dipoles: paradoxes, prospects, the first experiments

12:30 Carlos Aguirre: Dust Devils analysis by means of non-commutative tomography

13:00 Marina Diaz Michelena: AMR instrument - Scientific objectives and previous measurements on terrestrial analogues

13:30 Lunch break

Session 6

15:30 Mariano Sastre Marugan: IN-TIME project: Overview and Definition of the Mars Radiation Environment

16:00 Lara Quitián Hernández: Aspects of the IN-TIME project: Martian Atmosphere

16:30 Pilar Romero: Minimum-thrust optimization in the mission design of aerostationary telecommunications orbiters

17:00 Coffee break

17:30 Antonio de Castro: Experimental characterization of the optical elements of the Dust Sensor (ExoMars ‘20)

18:00 End of the day and wrap-up of the Workshop

Friday 24th of May

Departure day