Space Weather at Mars: Past and Present Signatures


WHEN July 7, 2020
3 PM WHERE Zoom Webinar Part of "Space Weather Series" WHO Center for Space Science Open to the Public


In collaboration with the UAE Space Agency, the Center for Space Science at NYUAD, has organized a virtual seminar series focused on the theme of Space Weather and its interaction with Solar System planets — in particular, Earth and Mars. The launch of three Mars missions scheduled this summer makes it a very exciting time for Mars researchers.

The UAE’s Hope Orbiter, NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover, and China's Tianwen-1 mission, will together lead to major advancements in this field and contribute significantly to our understanding of Mars from 2021 and beyond. Space weather plays a key role in Martian atmospheric processes, and is also of tremendous importance to aviation and space sectors.

NYUAD and UAE Space Agency aim to bring together researchers in the field and engage with the scientific community at NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE institutions and our collaborators abroad.


Since its formation, Mars' atmosphere has significantly evolved, probably from a thick and wet atmosphere to the dry and thin present atmosphere. Among the mechanisms responsible for this evolution, its interaction with our star is thought to potentially have played a major role. In another way, space weather at Mars might have been a strong driver of Mars' atmospheric history. The presentation will summarize what could have been the various signatures of 4 billion years of Space Weather at Mars. The presentation will also include recent observations by MAVEN/NASA during a specific space weather event, which, we believe, could be used as a window on Mars' early history.

  • Francois LeBlanc, LATMOS/CNRS, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France

In Collaboration with

UAE Space Agency

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