Capelinhos volcano could become Mars exploration laboratory


The former director of the scientific department of the American space agency James Garvin said today that the Capelinhos volcano, in the Azores, is “an open book” with the potential to become an exploration “laboratory” on the volcanic system on Mars.

“We were able to see Mars on Earth through the Capelinhos volcano,” said James Garvin in an interview with the Lusa agency via telephone, regarding the NASA expedition that used the volcano on the island of Faial to train the exploration of the landscape of Mars.

James Garvin spoke to Lusa as part of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the circumnavigation trip of Fernão de Magalhães, in which he will participate, on Wednesday, at 4:30 pm, live through a digital platform.

The GLEX-Global Exploration Summit initiative is a digital live streaming event and will feature several speakers in addition to James Garvin.

The expedition led scientists from the United States space agency (NASA), the United Kingdom and Portugal to study the volcano that was born from the sea in the late 1950s, under conditions very similar to those that would have occurred on Mars a billion years ago .

James Garvin, who headed NASA’s scientific department between 2004 and 2005, said the Capelinhos volcano is “absolutely important” for planetary science and an “open book” for scientists.


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