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16 July 2019

As the world gets ready to celebrate 50 years since Apollo 11 made history and landed on the Moon, another team, led by a Brisbane-born astrobiologist, gets ready for the big search for life on Mars.

With only one year until the anticipated launch of the Mars 2020 Rover, NASA’s Dr Abigail Allwood and her team of scientists from the Jet Propulsion Lab are preparing robotic explorers for the Red Planet to detect ancient clues to life.

QUT is pleased to invite you to this special event to hear directly from Abigail and her Planetary Instrument for X-Ray Lithochemistry (PIXL) team about the human fascination with space exploration and what the mission hopes to discover from the ‘most complicated instrument ever sent to the surface of another planet’.

Mars 2020 will use powerful instruments to investigate rocks on Mars down to the microscopic scale of variations in texture and composition. Image credit: NASA.

You will hear how Abigail’s early interest in the night sky led the Somerville House school-girl and QUT geology student to her own giant leaps - identifying the earliest proof of Life on Earth and being named the first female and first Australian Lead Investigator on the Mars Mission.

This free event invites budding scientists, space buffs and rock enthusiasts to ask the big questions about life – the ancient, the Martian and the future.

For general admission tickets, register here.

16 July 2019
4pm - 6pm
QUT Gardens Theatre Foyer
X Block
Science and Engineering Faculty
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