A 3-day colloquium here brought space geeks from across Europe
to discuss in detail France and Europe’s planned red-planet assault, an
expedition called Netlander, scheduled for 2007. Organized at the
university here by the Laboratory of Geodynamic Planetology and the CNES,
the event brought a hundred specialists from 18 countries together to
discuss the fundamental issues involved in Netlander’s proposed mission of
studying the geology and the climate of Mars. Launched by an Ariane 5, the
project will place four geophysical and meteorological data gathering
stations which will begin sending back a wide variety of information from
four places on the planet. Subjects studied will range from whether life
once happened here to the seismology of “marsquakes”. (Presse Océan, April
4, p10, Eric Cabanas)