Thursday, 17th October 2019 at 7.30 p.m. "Grey Mars; The World Beneath the Red Dust" to be given by Lucy Kissick. PhD student - University of Oxford. Our talks - which finish no later than 9.30 p.m. - are usually held in Room T2.09 (the Trevithick Lecture Theatre) at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University, The Queen's Buildings, The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AA - please click here
The talk: Mars today is colder than Antarctica and drier than the Sahara — but scratch beneath its dusty-red coating and tales of a different planet emerge. The young Mars of three billion years ago was an Earth-like place of rain, rivers, and perhaps even oceans. In this talk, I will outline how we know this and how my research is trying to pin down how it all went wrong — through the relentless erosion of the Martian atmosphere.