Research

The Mars Simulation Laboratory is organized as an interdisciplinary collaboration around joint research on Martian surface conditions.

Staff members participating at present are:

  • Kai W. Finster and Bente Aa. Lomstein (biology)
  • Svend Knak Jensen (chemistry)
  • Per Nørnberg and Keld Rømer Rasmussen (Geoscience)
  • Jonathan P. Merrison and Haraldur P. Gunnlaugsson (physics)
  • Morten Bo Madsen (Niels Bohr Institute, UC).

The Laboratory has access to unique facilities including: two recirculating wind tunnels capable of working over long time under low pressure conditions, two one-bar wind tunnels for sand transport, a microbiology experimental Mars condition chamber, and suitable Mars analogue dust and soil materials.
In connection with research projects, the group also develops wind and dust sensing instruments.

The close collaboration is managed during weekly one-hour meetings with minutes. The ambition is adding valuable information to the knowledge of present and past environmental conditions and processes at the surface of Mars.

For further information on the project, please contact:
Per Nørnberg (Project coordinator)
Associate professor, Ph.D.
Department of Geoscience, Aarhus University
Ny Munkegade, 520
DK-8000 Aarhus C
Tel.: +45 8715 6327