14:30 - 16:30
Space provides ideal conditions to perform several scientific types of research in different fields: space telescopes take advantage of the lack of atmospheric perturbations; gravity-induced phenomena are studied in microgravity; space radiations are observed away from the Earth magnetic field, etc.
This session will provide an overview of space-enabled science via three topics investigated by a large number of scientists in Belgium: the surface of Mars, physical science in microgravity, and solar physics.
Introduction of the session
Vladimir Pletser, Director of Space Training Operations, Blue Abyss
What happened to the water on Mars?
Veronique Dehant, Professor ROB & Extraordinary Professor, UCL
Microgravity, an indispensable environment for physical science
Frank Dubois, Director of Microgravity Research Center, ULB
Andrei Vedernikov, Senior Researcher at Microgravity Research Center, ULB
Space weather: Sunny days ahead
David Berghmans, Head of Scientific Service 'Solar Physics & Space Weather', ROB
Q&A and Panel discussion