UCL Engineering


Destination Space | Festival of Engineering

19 July 2024–20 July 2024, 10:00 am–3:00 pm

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Find out if you have what it takes to drive a mars rover on the red planet and join us for an out of this world experience as you discover what goes into designing and building telescopes that operate in the most extreme environment you can imagine - space!

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Engineering Cafe
45: Roberts Building, Torrington Place
United Kingdom

These telescopes have to work reliably in a vacuum and far away from any human support, taking images of distant galaxies and planets on our doorstep for many years at a time. Come along and meet the team of engineers who make this happen! You can also drive our very own miniature Mars rover and learn about how the ‘eyes’ of the rover were designed and built at UCL, and how these eyes have to be able to work in the extreme cold on the surface of the red planet. Ultimately, helping answer the question of whether life has ever existed on Mars. The real Mars rover will be launched in 2028.

Space engineering is a world-wide collaborative effort, and you can also find out how we work with organisations such as NASA, the European Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency to explore our Universe. 

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