NASA Scientist to Outline Mars Subsurface Ice Mapping at Mars Society Convention

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Dr. Nathaniel Putzig, Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Colorado, will be giving a virtual plenary talk about exploring for buried water ice on the planet Mars during the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 14-17.

As deputy team leader for NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Shallow Radar (SHARAD) instrument, Dr. Putzig will present the latest results from the Mars Subsurface Water Ice Mapping (SWIM) Project, which involves peering into the subsurface of Mars with radar and other methods to better understand where ice might be located outside of the planet’s polar regions, an important resource to support future human missions to the Red Planet.

In addition, he has been involved in science operations for numerous Mars exploratory missions, including Mars InSight, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express (ESA), Mars Global Surveyor, Phoenix Mars Lander, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Science Laboratory, and Mars Exploration Rover.

Dr. Putzig has a Bacehlor’s degree in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, a Master’s degree in Geophysics from Rice University, and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

This year’s virtual Mars Society convention will be free of charge (although donations are welcomed). For complete details, including online registration, a list of confirmed speakers, and sponsorship opportunities, please click here. Regular updates will be posted in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.