Mars Science during a Human Flyby Mission


Mars Science during a Human Flyby Mission


Michael Gaffey

About the Speaker

Dr. Gaffey joined UND'S Department of Space Studies in July 2001. Prior to that, he had been a Professor of Geology in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York) from 1984 to 2001.

He was a research professor at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, Hawaii) from 1977 to 1984.

Following his Ph. D. research, Mike was a post-doctoral researcher in the Planetary Astronomy Laboratory at MIT from 1974 to 1977.

Mike's research focuses on the study of asteroids in order to better understand the formation and early evolution of the Solar System.



Spacecraft flybys of planets have initiated virtually every planetary exploration project, from the first lunar flyby by the USSR's Luna 1 in January 1959 and Luna 3 in October 1959 which imaged the moon's farside for the first time through the upcoming July 14, 2015 flyby of the Pluto system by the New Horizons spacecraft.

Inspiration Mars has proposed sending a two-person crew on a round trip flyby mission to Mars. Adding a human component to a Mars flyby mission offers unique opportunities and limitations the science aspects of such a mission. This talk will focus on an assessment of the Mars-related science that could be incorporated into the proposed mission.


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Grand Forks, ND

Mars Science during a Human Flyby Mission