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Petri-Dishing the Dirt: Astrobiology down a North-Yorkshire Mine
October 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Is there life on Mars? Lets go down a mine to find out!..Wait, what?
Just outside of Whitby and 1,100 metres underground in the Boulby Underground Laboratory, Jennifer Wadsworth, a PhD physics student at the University of Edinburgh is researching how microbes can survive down there and how they might exist in similar extreme environments like on Mars. She’s also using the Boulby caverns to test equipment that will be sent on the future ‘ExoMars’ Martian Rover mission to the red planet. All this whilst consuming an inordinate amount of the local delicacy: Bacon butties.
About the speaker:
Jennifer is a weird Swiss-British hybrid who has a background in molecular biology and is about to finish her Doctorate degree at the School of Physics, University of Edinburgh. She enjoys long walks on the beach and high-radiation biology.