The Royal Astronomical Society is pleased to announce that our Public Talks for the 2023-24 season will take place at Burlington House at 1pm and 6pm. Please check the schedule as some talks may be online-only due to speaker availability.
This talk is a hybrid event and is free and open to the public and will take place at Burlington House and online at 1pm and 6pm.
Eyes on Mars - Increasing Awareness of UK Mars Exploration
Eyes on Mars is a public engagement project funding by the Royal Astronomical Society and Science and Technology Facilities Council. It is inspired by PanCam - the Panoramic Camera on top of the Rosalind Franklin rover, due to launch in 2028. The camera was designed, tested, built and is led by scientists and engineers at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory. Eyes on Mars provides free resources to schools and youth groups across the UK where students can create their own filter wheel, just like the two inside PanCam. The project aims to raise awareness about the different types of science and engineering involved in the camera, highlighting the different career paths available in the space sector, especially in the UK. The project has reached over 3000 young people, and has been awarded the Centre for Planetary Science's Project Award in 2023.
About our speaker:
Catherine Regan is a final-year PhD student at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) - University College London. She researches how global scale dust storms at Mars influence the induced magnetosphere using data from ESA's Mars Express and NASA's MAVEN satellites. Alongside her work, she is heavily involved in outreach and science communication - she was the first chair of MSSL's Outreach Working Group, and is Vice-Chair of the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Public Engagement for Early Career's Forum. Coming from a non-traditional background to study space she is passionate about encouraging young people to pursue STEM subjects. Catherine has won multiple awards for her outreach work, including one for her project Eyes on Mars.