Academic Lecture：Mars is the appropriate long-term goal for the human space flight program？
Moderator: Prof. Zhang Shuangnan
Time:10:00 AM, Jul. 11th (Thursday), 2019
Place: Room 121, Multi-disciplinerary Building
On March 2017, with this sentence, the US Congress mandated NASA to take us humans on Mars.
The statement is not a big surprise nowadays, as the technology is having giant leaps forward, but are we ready for it?
Humans will have to sustain huge amount of radiations and they will stay virtually isolated or in close contact with few other individuals for almost three years or more. How to provide the necessary food, oxygen and water? How will we deal with the inevitable sudden decline of physical performances due to low gravity and radiation? And the psychological consequences of living in a small community of elite people? How will robotic probes, satellites’ swarms and AI on board help the Terrans on Mars?
Many questions arise very quickly and can get an answer only inside a wide multidisciplinary community, and in particular inside a university, where the students that will help answering them could become the first Terrans on Mars.
About the speaker:
Professor in General Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Via Marzolo 8, I-35131 Padova.
Affiliated to the Centre for Studies and Activities for Space at the University of Padova
Co-Advisor for Internationalization of the University of Padova, East Asia.
Special Advisor for the Relations with Guangdong
Coordinator Internationalization Board Dept. Physics and Astronomy, Univ. Padova
Visiting professor at Qiannan Normal University for Nationalities
Nominated into the 1000 Talent Plan Program of the People’s Rep. of China (13th selection)
Distinguished Professor at the Center for Astrophysics, Guangzhou University
Member of the Innovative and Disruptive Technology Working Group of the Italian
Chamber of Commerce in China
Thomson Reuters Award for Highly Cited Researcher for the year 2016 (world top 1%).
PI of the GPU Research Center on Parallel Computing at the University of Padova.
Group leader in Padova for INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics) of Fermi LAT
Research activities in the Bields of astroparticle physics, gamma-ray astronomy, space detectors, extragalactic sources, data analysis, statistics, parallel computing, low-power computing.
Author/co-author 377 papers published on international journals and of more than 50
contributions in international conferences and workshops, 35504 citations (by Scopus).
Member of Fermi LAT collaboration.
Member of CTA (Cherenkov Telescope Array) Consortium.