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October 21 - October 21

Interpreting the geochemical conditions on ancient Mars

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 am MDT and 17:00-18:00 UTC +2:00

Our October spectroscopy webinar features ASD's TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier and focuses on the application of terrestrial analog studies and geochemical conditions.

Registrants of this webinar will learn about:
- Refining Mars rover operational strategies via terrestrial analog rover simulations and using a VNIR field-portable spectrometer in remote Utah (USA)
- Science team protocols, targets of interest and data collection - as a "human rover"
- Reconstructing the geologic history of Mars using terrestrial analog sites
- The investigation of diverse hydrothermal deposits with Mars analog instrumentation

Webinar details

Sarah Black, she received her Geology BA in 2004, and Geology MS in 2006 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. For her MS, Sarah conducted a morphological and statistical analysis of volcanoes on Io – the innermost moon of Jupiter.

After completing her MS, Sarah worked at Malin Space Science Systems, where she targeted the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) on the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft, and the Context Camera (CTX) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft. She then returned to her hometown in Upstate New York, where she taught introductory geology courses at Skidmore College for several years.

Sarah is currently a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Geological Sciences department at the University of Colorado Boulder. For her dissertation research, Sarah is studying hydrothermal systems in Costa Rica and Iceland, which may be useful analogs for early Mars. Sarah’s current research focuses on instrumentation techniques (VNIR, XRD, Raman), mineralogy, geochemistry, and astrobiology. She also holds interest in physical volcanology, computer modeling, and geological mapping.

  • Interpreting the geochemical conditions on ancient Mars
  • 21 October 2016, 17:00 - 21 October 2016, 18:00
  • UTC+01:00 Europe/Amsterdam

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