Friday, 23 April 2010

Campus-Europa: The EXOMARS MISSION-LIFE ON MARS?

"Establishing whether life ever existed on Mars is one of the outstanding scientific questions of our time. To address this and other important goals, the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA have agreed to establish a joint programme for the robotic exploration of Mars. The ESA/NASA Programme includes two major missions:
1. An orbiter, to be launched in 2016, dedicated to the temporal and spatial characterisation of atmospheric trace gases of possible biological importance, such as methane and its degradation products, and including the mapping of their source regions.
2. A two-rover mission to be launched in 2018: one rover provided by NASA and the other by ESA. ESA’s ExoMars rover will carry a suite of analytical instruments dedicated to exobiology and geochemistry research: the Pasteur payload. The Rover will travel several kilometres, collecting and analysing samples from outcrops and from the subsurface with a drill, down to a depth of 2 m.
This talk was presenting the latest configuration for the 2018 two-rover mission, concentrating on the ExoMars rover, its instrument payload, and reference surface mission."
Astronomy- Campus Party


**What is the focus of the Exomars Mission? EXPLORING MARS IN 3D :

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**Why wouldn't there be life on Mars?

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**Mars is a strange planet...What can be a "right location" to send EXOMARS Robots?

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**The Exomars Mission: The Instruments, Independent Robots

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**The Reference Service Mission: how to calibrate the robots? By using black samples made of Moon rocks....


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What type of organic molecules are they looking for?

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*Is the results will be 100% definite? Life on Mars for sure or not?

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*Life on Mars In the volcanoes?

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*Is Mars for the Martians?

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*Magnetic field on Mars...

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Campus-Europa Madrid: Science is real...?

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Is it that real???!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Humanoids- robots in Madrid

Humanoid robot trying to catch a ball...

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The Humanoid robot that can seat down...

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Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Campus-Europa Madrid: IDEO

Paul Bennett, creative director came to present the ideology of his company IDEO. Here are two products that they have developed, these are pictures of their early stages: The apply mouse and the vacuum cleaner.
I like the emphasize of his talk on design being about " CHANGE" and " OPTIMISM".


Friday, 16 April 2010

Campus-Europa en madrid!


Ola, soy une campusera de madrid, this month I got the very good surprise to be invited at Campus-Europa in Madrid to talk about my project Super K Sonic BOOOOum. It used to be in Valencia with Spanish participants but this year they seen it in BIG!

This event organized by the ministry of Science in Spain is a real unique platform for young developers, geeks, designers, scientists from all europe to meet and exchange their ideas and passion: And it works!
Before I posts different little articles on what we actually do and learn in Campus Europa, I would like to talk a bit more about Madrid and "los Madrilenos".


At first, my impression of Madrid was limited to " La casa Magica", this massive black box building is the place where 800 tents had been installed for all the european participants. The inside looks like the scene of a star wars movie: Look for yourself:


This is where I first met the staff of Campus-Party, those who made it all possible and worked so hard to get us 800 campuseros to discuss about "the future". Those are Claudia, Isabel, Raluca, Miguel, Jonan y Marco. The welcome was very warm and from there starts the adventure in Madrid...

On the evening I went to "The chefe", a little bar outside of The casa Magica, 50 Avenida de San Fermin ( in case you go by Madrid), this is where I met Miguel. Miguel is working for El chefe and he made me try some " especialidad" de madrid. hmmm...!
He talks perfect in french, english, german, very impressive.


Here you have "la pulpa a la Gallega", I mean what is left of it...an octopus cooked in some mix of spice .


And here is some liquor de herbas to help to digest, it looks quite chemical but this is actually very tasty.
Then the evening ended in laugh and cervezas with the neighborhood, very warm.

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The day after I went en "el Sol" =the sun, the center of the city, this is where you can see "la plaza mayor", very cute place where you can try the hot chocolate, an other "especialidad" of Madrid.

But also The plaza del Sol, usually full of performers, so yes, madrid seems to be a dynamic city.



Keeping on with my little tour, I met others campuseros in front of the Royal Palace.

la plaza de la provencia, la plaza de la villa, la plaza de oriente... Madrid has a rich architecture. Everywhere you go you will find a little cute place where you will be able to stop and enjoy the sun. And if you get lost, just ask around, Madrilenos are very helpful.
Here you can see a craftman working on knitting on apperon



But also Madrid is made of funny little details, like this Xrays shops, which scan chicken!