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Lecture | Kaiser Lente Lezing

Europe to the Moon and Mars

  • Prof. Bernard Foing (senior scientist, ESA-ESTEC)
Saturday 7 March 2020
Kaiser Spring Lectures 2020
Oude Sterrewacht
Sterrenwachtlaan 11
2311 GW Leiden

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ESA launched its first missions to the Moon and Mars (SMART-1 & Mars Express) in 2003. Together with other international orbital and surface missions, we have made discoveries and can move on the next steps for research. ESA ExoMars programme includes Trace Gas Orbiter (launched in 2016) , and  rover mission in collaboraiton with Roscosmos(to be launched in July 2020) to search for traces of life; to be continued with International Mars Sample Return. For the Moon, we participate to international robotic surface missions, and we work with NASA Artemis programme to bring humans around the Moon and on the lunar surface in 2023-2024, in preparation for a sustainable and permanent Moon Base by 2030. To support these goals, the EuroMoonMars initiative has been training young professionals in research, technology, habitat design and field simulations in extreme MoonMars analogue sites on Earth. 


The lecture starts at 14:00 and is meant for general public. After the lecture there is an opportunity to ask questions. For those who want to, there is the possibility to participate in a guided tour through the Old Observatory.

13:15  Doors open (coffee and tea available)
14:00 Lecture incl. 15 minutes for questions
15:15 Guided tour of the Old Observatory
16:00 End


The tickets for the lecture cost € 4.00 per person. If you also want to take the guided tour, you can buy a combination ticket for € 8, -.

Four Saturdays full of astronomy

The Leiden Astronomical Student Society 'F. Kaiser 'and the Leiden Old Observatory organise the traditional Kaiser Spring Lectures, the annual series of lectures for the general public. Four experts from both Leiden University and abroad will come to the Old Observatory to give a lecture on a central theme for the promotion of astronomy.


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