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Will there be (human) life on Mars?

August 26, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

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In this talk, we will take a look at the science behind films like “The Martian” – in particular, the contingency planning that has been done for long duration space missions between NASA and ESA. This relies on work from the Apollo missions but also draws on wider sources from science fiction and C16 voyages; it will also describe more recent
issues that arise when commercial organisations such as SpaceX take the lead in human exploration of the cosmos.

About the speaker
Professor Chris Johnson is Head of Computing at the University of Glasgow. He has worked with ESA and NASA on mission planning for long duration space flight and, in particular, on strategies for coping with systems failures. He heads the Glasgow Cyber Defence Labs and has more than 200 peer reviewed publications.

Doors at 7.15, kickoff at 7.30
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.


August 26, 2019
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm


The Admiral Bar
72a Waterloo Road
Glasgow, G2 7DA United Kingdom
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