Dr. Adrian Brown joins 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly

By on 20 January, 2021

Dr. Adrian Brown is Deputy Program Scientist of NASA for the Mars2020 rover mission. Image provided.

Dr. Adrian Brown, Australian and current Deputy Program Scientist of NASA for the Mars2020 rover mission, will join the 43rd COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Sydney.

Dr. Brown will give a public lecture as part of next week’s 43rd Committee on Space Research Scientific Assembly, being hosted virtually in Sydney.

Dr.  Brown completed his PhD in Earth and Planetary Science at Macquarie University and was selected as a 2006 NASA Postdoctoral Scholar at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. His 30 minute presentation on ‘What it’s like to work on the Mars2020 rover mission’ will be followed by 30 minutes of Q&A, and forms part of the 43rd COSPAR’s public component.

The COSPAR Scientific Assembly is held on a rotational basis between countries every two years. The theme for the 2021 Sydney event is ‘Connecting Space Research for Global Impact’ — is an opportunity for Australia to broaden its footprint in space research at a time when Australia’s space sector, assisted by the Australian Space Agency, is rapidly gathering momentum, according to the organisers.

Chair of COSPAR-2021 and Space Engineering at UNSW Canberra, Professor Russell Boyce, said COSPAR-2021 brings timely impetus to the awareness, growth and scale of Australia’s diverse space sector.

“COSPAR-2021 represents an important strategic opportunity for researchers and businesses in Australia’s high technology sector to meet and collaborate with international organisations including NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US,” he said.

“Many Australians are already making their mark in space research as evidenced by our Public Lecture speaker, Dr Adrian Brown, who is the Deputy Program Scientist on NASA’s Mars2020 rover mission.”

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