2013 New Media Practitioners Professional Development Workshop

Martian climate and the MAVEN mission

August 23—25, 2013
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP)
University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder)
Space Sciences Building—Room W120

Wet Mars/Dry Mars

Early in its lifetime Mars probably had a thicker atmosphere, possibly with clouds in the sky, and flowing water on its surface. The atmosphere on Mars today is only one percent as thick as Earth’s, leaving the planet dry and dusty. MAVEN is the first mission to focus on Mars’ upper atmosphere and is investigating how the atmosphere has thinned and how Mars’ climate has evolved over time. (Courtesy NASA/GSFC)

Current Update

The 2013 workshop has been completed. All of the presentations are posted below.

The second MAVEN New Media workshop, which was held in the summer of 2015, focused on MAVEN data and discoveries to date, as told through lectures and interaction with MAVEN scientists and experts.

About the Workshop
The 2013 New Media Practitioners Professional Development Workshop brought bloggers, podcasters, social media users, and other science communicators to LASP for a two-day intensive workshop with space scientists. The 2013 workshop offered a collaborative professional development opportunity for attendees to learn about current issues surrounding the evolution of the Martian climate, with an emphasis on the MAVEN mission. MAVEN is being led by the University of Colorado Boulder and principal investigator, Dr. Bruce Jakosky.

Download Workshop Agenda (143KB PDF)

Workshop Themes

  • The potential for life on Mars and the Martian climate
  • The MAVEN mission
  • The MAVEN Neutral Gas Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) instrument
  • Connections between MAVEN and the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)


  • Dr. Bruce Jakosky: Principal Investigator for MAVEN; Associate Director for Science, LASP; Director, CU-Boulder Center for Astrobiology
  • Dr. Mehdi Benna: Planetary Scientist, NASA Goddard; Engineer for MAVEN-NGIMS and MSL
  • Dr. Janet Luhmann: Senior Fellow, Space Sciences Laboratory, UC-Berkeley; MAVEN Science Team
  • Dr. Nick Schneider: Instrument Lead, MAVEN-IUVS; Associate Professor, LASP/CU-Boulder Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS)


  • Dr. Michael Meyer: Lead Scientist, NASA Mars Exploration Program
  • Dr. David Brain: Assistant Professor, LASP/CU-Boulder APS; MAVEN Science Team Co-Investigator
  • Dr. Joseph Grebowsky: Astrophysicist, NASA Planetary Magnetospheres Laboratory; MAVEN Project Scientist
  • Dr. Jasper Halekas: Assistant Research Physicist, Space Sciences Laboratory, UC-Berkeley; MAVEN-SWIA Instrument Lead
  • Dr. Robert Lillis: Assistant Research Physicist, Space Sciences Laboratory, UC-Berkeley; MAVEN-SEP Instrument Scientist

Bruce Jakosky—The History of Life on Mars

Nick Schneider—Mars: Once a Habitable World?

Janet Luhmann—What does Mars’ upper atmosphere have to do with its climate history?

Bruce Jakosky—The 2013 MAVEN Mission to Mars

Mehdi Benna—Mars’ Volatile History: Combining MAVEN and Curiosity Data

Sunday Panel Discussion

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