Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

CLaSP Seminar Series - Manuel de la Torre

Date: October 5, 2017
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: SRB Auditorium, room 2246

Our guest for this week's CLaSP Seminar Series will be Manuel de la Torre, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Please join us! 

Title: "An updated overview of NASA’s Mars Exploration program with emphasis on M2020"

Abstract:  A recent update to NASA’s Mars exploration program was presented on Aug 28th 2017. Here I will share first the current vision that is being proposed out of NASA HQ, and its objectives. The presentation will highlight some of results obtained thus far about Mars history and that drive our next round of science questions. The emphasis of the presentation will move then to a detailed description the upcoming M2020 mission and its objectives in comparison with previous missions such as the Mars Science Laboratory. The upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission is introduced. The objectives of its science instruments will be discussed and how they differ from previous missions. Last, we will discuss the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer which is the suite of environmental sensors where the U of Michigan is participating as part of the team.

Biography: Manuel de la Torre is Scientist at JPL’s Exoplanetary and Planetary Atmospheres group. He majored in Physics at the U Complutense of Madrid, then went to see the world working at Saclay’s Centre d’Etudes Atomiques and then the U of Bayreuth working on pattern forming instabilities on nonlinear convection for his Ph.D. Desiring to apply that science to problems that might address world challenges, he worked on Geophysical Fluid Dynamics at the U Cambridge and U Politécnica de Madrid to then end at JPL where he has been working on atmospheric processes on Jupiter, Earth, and Mars since 1997. Dr. de la Torre has been co-lead of a European 2D-turbulence network, Investigation Scientist for the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station on Curiosity, he is Deputy Principal Investigator of the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer on M2020, co-Investigator of a Radio Occultation experiment to measure thermodynamics of precipitation on Earth, and co-I or PI of several other research ideas and proposals that didn’t work out (but at least he tried… and keeps trying).

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