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Could water be forming on the red planet right now? Astrobiologist Nilton O. Renno is here to answer all our questions about Mars, its habitability, and how water could flow on its surface.


Renno is a professor at the University of Michigan's department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences. He was also co-investigator for Phoenix, NASA's 2007 mission to Mars. His research has focused on thermodynamics, atmospheric electrification and the habitability of Mars.

Most recently, he's been focused on the development of the Michigan Mars Environmental Chamber (MMEC), a chamber used to simulate Mars environmental conditions: temperatures, CO2 pressure and relative humidity. Renno recently used the chamber for a study of whether those conditions might allow for the formation of liquid water. The results of this study, which suggest that conditions could indeed be conducive to the formation of water, were published in Geophysical Research Letters last week.


Renno will be joining us from 9:30 -10:30 a.m. (Pacific time), so start asking him questions now about Mars, water formation, and the implications for habitability right now.

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona.

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