MARS DAY 2022
Exploring Mars with the UK Space Agency, UK STEM Ambassadors and international guests
Mars Day 2022 is an exciting free virtual event adventure for everyone, organised by the UK Space Education Office (ESERO-UK), STEM Learning and the UK Space Agency.
The first mission to Mars (Day) was in March this year when Mars Day 2021 celebrated NASA Perseverance rover’s first month on Mars; unveiled the role of the UK space industry in this mission and beyond; showcased UK STEM Ambassador and school sessions; hosted live streamed talks with national and international space VIPs.
Thousands joined in the mission and zoomed in for an awesome array of live link-ups, talks and fireside chats from national and international space VIPs.
This first mission was such a success it would seem like an awful waste of space if the adventure stopped here so…
Mars Day 2022 will land on Monday 14 March
For one starry (Mars) day this next mission will host more virtual speaker stars than before from ESA, NASA/JPL, UKSA and new space VIPs from the ExoMars mission team; run a (Mars) hour full of activities and resources for schools; and offer live events and lectures in Mars Week from nationwide partners in the space industry, science centres and Universities.
This date celebrates a few milestones – the 6th anniversary of the launch of the first ExoMars mission, the Trace Gas Orbiter; NASA’s Perseverance rover exploring Mars for just over a year; and a year since the first Mars Day 2021.
It will also be the finale to British Science Week 2022.
With a real Mars mission late in September 2022 – the launch of the ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover – the next Mars Day mission provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate this awesome event on the horizon.
Explore Mars with us next March
Register with us in advance, get regular updates of new sessions and stars, a sneak peak of space VIP’s joining us on the mission, what to visit in Mars Week and a galaxy full of Mars Hour activities.
Mars Day 2022 will host more virtual speaker stars than before…
from ESA, NASA/JPL, UKSA and new space VIPs from the ExoMars mission team!
New sessions will be launched over the next few months so make sure you are registered here to get a sneak peak of these as they come onboard.
Check out the sky full of guest speakers and stars we had for Mars Day 2021 below, full details are here.
9.30 – 9.55
PERSEVERANCE, INGENUITY AND SCIENCE UNDER PRESSURE
Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut, talked to Dallas Campbell about missions to Mars, the challenges of flying helicopters on another planet and piloting a rover whilst in space.
10.30 – 11.00
UK SPACE AGENCY – MISSIONS AND PROGRAMMES
Everyone heard how the UK’s thriving space industry is involved in Mars missions, works with other spacefaring nations and has a unique STEM initiative to inspire young people – the One Million Interactions programme.
10.15 – 10.55
FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS – ROBOKIDS ACTIVITY
RoboKids took schools on a fun and inspiring journey into the future of space, programming and robots. An educational show for children aged 4-11.
10.15 – 11.15
SCHOOL SESSION FOR AGES 15+ – OUR FUTURE ON MARS
What are we doing to prepare for a future on Mars? Schools learnt about missions to Mars that are pushing humans beyond the Moon.
11.30 – 12.10
SCIENCE IN SPACE
This panel session of STEM Ambassadors featured hidden heroes working in (the) space (industry) whose adventures began by studying science subjects. Session Patron was Dr Suzie Imber, a space plasma physicist, a high altitude mountaineer, an explorer, and maybe one day, an astronaut!
12.15 – 12.55
TECHNOLOGY IN SPACE
Viewers discovered how this panel of STEM Ambassadors launched into the world of space technology! Dr Jackie Bell was this session’s Patron, a previous researcher in quantum chromodynamics, trainee astronaut and from Imperial College London’s Department of Computing.
13.00 – 13.40
ENGINEERING IN SPACE
This sessions’ Patron, John Chinner from Airbus, was joined by a panel of STEM Ambassadors who work in space exploration having studied engineering. Their missions include Rosetta, the Solar Orbiter and the ExoMars rover launching in 2022 to Mars.
13.45 – 14.25
MATHS IN SPACE
This panel of UK STEM Ambassadors covered how studying maths launches you into the space industry and beyond! Session Patron, Áine O’Brien, studies Planetary Science & Astrobiology and is part of the ExoMars outreach project, Roving with Rosalind.
13.45 – 14.45
SCHOOL SESSION FOR AGES 11-14 – VISIT OUR SOLAR SYSTEM AND BEYOND!
The Royal Observatory took students on an amazing journey to explore the wonders of the night sky in their virtual planetarium show.
15.00 – 15.45
NASA’S MARS MISSIONS – THE PAST, PERSEVERANCE, THE FUTURE
Dr Jim Green, NASA’s Chief Scientist, talked about his decades of experience at NASA; the incredible missions he has led as former Director of the agency’s Planetary Science Division; how Mars 2020 holds great promise for identifying evidence of past life on Mars.
16.15 – 17.00
FROM THE MOON TO MARS – YOUR PLACE IN SPACE
Humankind is ready to return to the Moon and go on to Mars. Dr Aldrin discusses how the democratization of space is making missions accessible to start-ups, independent companies and even schools! Plus, we heard about his experience of seeing Buzz Aldrin, his dad, on the Moon!
18.30 – 19.15
DRIVING ON MARS WITH CURIOSITY AND PERSEVERANCE
The start of this session was Sophia Mitchell, Lead Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and driver of the Mars Curiosity rover since 2018. With NASA’s Perseverance rover at the Jezero Crater, Sophia’s mission now is to drive the Perseverance rover! How cool is that?
19.30 – 20.30
SPACE ROCKS PRESENTS: MARS OR BUST. The concluding entry for Mars Day saw hosts Dr Suzie Imber and Dallas Campbell joined by the founders of Space Rocks for a deeper discussion on the challenges, opportunities, and motivations behind current focus on the Red Planet.
Heading up Mission Control for Mars Day were Dallas Campbell and Dr Suzie Imber. They have a galaxy full of experience in space discussions, exploration and interviewing space stars!
Hidden Heroes & Space Activities
Mars Day 2022 will star hidden heroes of the UK space industry revealing their missions and adventures, plus space activity sessions especially for schools.
There will be even more for Monday 14 March 2022!
UK Space Agency and NASA Perseverance – discover the mission and space careers
The UK Space Agency installed the 7-metre Mars Artwork by Luke Jerram in the Natural History Museum to celebrate the UK’s involvement in the Perseverance Rover mission to Mars, landing 18 February 2021.
to Mars Day 2022…
Flight plans are being drawn up for Monday 14 March – plus a whole week of exploration with Mars Week.
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We can’t wait to explore Mars with you!
From the Mission Control team at ESERO-UK: over and out
Images courtesy of: ESA –Stephane Corvaja – 2015, NASA-Bill Ingalls, NASA-Carla Cioffi, NASA-Joel Kowsky, NASA – JPL-Caltech, NASA-JPL-Caltech-USGS, Trustees of the National History Museum