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. Join us for a short, informal presentation, followed by lively discussion.
Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each time. Join us at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 20. Science On Tap is at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. Light refreshments will be provided for this event by the Central New Mexico section of the American Chemical Society.
On Tap is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests. The “On Tap” series happens twice a month. The discussions are supported by Bradbury Science Museum, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos Historical Society and PEEC at The Nature Center.