What’s new since October?

Last post on September 29th! Long time no see… What has happened since?


Early October, I was at the francophone conference ESRI SIG 2014 in Versailles, as mentionned previously. I discovered some things currently done in the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I met some people with very different backgrounds, which is always nice. My talk went well but there were not many people…

I also prepared two lectures for Anton Ivanov‘s course Introduction to Planetary Science. As last year, one was on asteroids and one was on water on Mars (last year’s slides can be found here and here respectively). We also had to prepare the Earth and Space Symposium, organized by our lab.

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Update conference for the Lyon Astronomical Society

This news follows the post concerning my public conference for the Lyon Astronomical Society. The conference went very well and I thanks Bernard Chevalier for the invitation.

After an introduction to Mars exploration, I concentrated my presentation on the instruments orbiting around the planet. I explained how they work and showed several observations example. I spent a little more time on visible-near infrared reflectance spectroscopy as it allows to characterize mineralogy. I finally ended with the results from a study carry out in the e-Mars team on the past habitability conditions in the vicinity of Valles Marineris.

My slides are available freely on slideshare (with the exception of the slides with unpublished results!) and directly below.