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Science on Tap โ€“ Discovering boron on Mars

WHEN:
May 18, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
WHERE:
UnQuarked
145 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM
CONTACT:
Linda Anderman
(505) 665-9196
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Event Description

Join us for a short overview presentation followed by lively questions and discussion.

Although the NASA Curiosity rover has investigated Mars since August 2012, it has only recently detected boron on the planet. The presence of this element has implications for questions about abundant water, prebiotic chemistry, and the habitability of Mars. The ChemCam instrument, which has been vital to this research, was a joint effort between Los Alamos and the French Space Agency, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales. Come and hear Patrick Gasda, of the Lab’s Space and Remote Sensing group, talk about what has been learned through this special and unique equipment and where this investigation might lead.

Light refreshments will be provided for this event by the Central New Mexico section of the American Chemical Society.