Terrestrial analog studies and interpreting the geochemical conditions on ancient Mars

October 21, 2016 - October 21, 2016

This past October, our spectroscopy webinar focused on the specific application of terrestrial analog studies and geochemical conditions and featured ASD's TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • Terrestrial analog rover simulations using a VNIR field-portable spectrometer in remote Utah as a useful tool in refining Mars rover operational strategies
  • On being a "human rover" - science team protocols, targets of interest and data collection
  • Using terrestrial analog sites to reconstruct the geologic history of Mars
  • Investigating diverse hydrothermal deposits with Mars analog instrumentation

About our Speaker

Sarah Black received her Geology BA in 2004, and Geology MS in 2006 from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  For her MS, Sarah conducted a morphological and statistical analysis of volcanoes on Io – the innermost moon of Jupiter.

After completing her MS, Sarah worked at Malin Space Science Systems, where she targeted the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) on the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft, and the Context Camera (CTX) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft.  She then returned to her hometown in Upstate New York, where she taught introductory geology courses at Skidmore College for several years.

Sarah is currently a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Geological Sciences department at the University of Colorado Boulder.  For her dissertation research, Sarah is studying hydrothermal systems in Costa Rica and Iceland, which may be useful analogs for early Mars.  Sarah’s current research focuses on instrumentation techniques (VNIR, XRD, Raman), mineralogy, geochemistry, and astrobiology.  She also holds interest in physical volcanology, computer modeling, and geological mapping.

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