Morten Bo Madsen
On August 6, 2012, after a journey of 563 million kilometers and a spectacular multi-stage descent, NASA's Curiosity rover landed safely on Mars and promptly began to zap the surrounding rocks with its fancy pulsed infrared laser.
Besides Curiosity, at the moment NASA has one more functioning rover and three spacecraft orbiting the red planet. And there are countless more missions in the pipeline, from NASA, Europe, Russia, even India.
Why all this fascination with Mars? What do we hope to learn from Curiosity? Is there life on Mars? And when will the first astronauts walk on its surface? The answers to these and many more questions will be the topic of the first session of Science & Cocktails of the season, presented by planetary scientist and Mars expert Morten Bo Madsen.
Going to Mars and returning is not an easy going experience for the human body, let alone the human senses. This journey ends with the "Sound of an Orange": a sharp performance using electronic live looping by Andreas Bennetzen and Michael Rexen. The purpose is to sharpen your senses.
Entrance to the event is free. No registration is necessary. Doors open at 19:30. Organised in cooperation with the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen.