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Aerospace Christchurch Meet Up #18: Mars Plus

June 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


We explore the ever popular topic of Mars and will take a look at a few research projects. Plus, we’ll cover a few other aerospace topics.

We have a stellar line-up of speakers for our next Meet Up “Mars Plus” brought to you by our Gold Sponsor, MBIE – New Zealand Space Agency.


Please note the below event information:

5.00pm – Networking in the Student Lounge (Building C)

5.30pm – Presentations commence in DLEC (Building DL)

Parking – Available at Ara (Coins only, no direct debit) or on Madras Street




Tickets: To help cover our organisation’s running costs, we are now charging $10 per ticket.  It’s still free if you’re an Associate or are live streaming. You can become an Associate via our website.

For people that can’t make it to the event, we will be offering a live webinar, so please register for that and select the Online Ticket option under ticket type.




Planned Presentations:


Life In Space

Dr Sarah Kessans, Lecturer, University of Canterbury

Life on Earth has evolved to thrive in the relatively cushy habitats found on the surface of our home planet. As humans venture further from home for longer periods of time, keeping them alive using only limited resources becomes a greater challenge. The development of life support systems for sustainable off-Earth habitation will not only facilitate life in space but can enable more sustainable living on Earth as well. Sarah will give an overview of projects going on both globally and at UC.


Habitat Construction For The Moon And Mars

Dr Allan Scott, Associate Professor, University of Canterbury

The long-term establishment of self-sufficient settlements on the Moon and Mars will require the extensive use of in situ resources to construct habitats and infrastructure. Concrete is the most widely used construction material on Earth, and the vast majority of the necessary components for concrete construction are also available in various forms on the surface of the Moon and Mars.


Mission To Mars – Antarctica As An Analogue For Mars

Miranda Satterthwaite, Antarctic Academy Director, International Antarctic Centre

With reference to recent Mars Meteorite and Antarctic Aerospace missions, Miranda Satterthwaite will outline how NASA’s Journey to Mars informs Mars analogue training at the International Antarctic Centre.


New Zealand Space Agency Update

Andrew Johnson, Manager – Space Policy and Regulatory Systems, MBIE – New Zealand Space Agency

Set up in 2016, the New Zealand Space Agency is the lead government agency for space policy, regulation and sector development. Andrew will deliver an update on the New Zealand Space Agency.


Hope to see you at the event!

Aerospace Christchurch


A special thank you to our Gold Event Sponsor  MBIE – New Zealand Space Agency.


June 1, 2021
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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C Block, Ara Institute of Canterbury
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