• Question: What's the best thing you've discovered in your careers???

    Asked by Max and grace to Hannah, Lucy, Phil, Rochelle, Stephen on 10 Mar 2017.
    • Photo: Lucy Kissick

      Lucy Kissick answered on 10 Mar 2017:


      The best thing I’ve ‘discovered’ (I might be wrong, I don’t want to sound too sure!) is that the largest canyon on Mars might once have been filled with an ice-capped lake sourced by groundwater collecting in its deep basin. This would have been about three billion years ago, and the lake is long gone now. The canyon itself is 2000 m long and up to ten times as deep as the Grand Canyon, so it’s an impressive thing to imagine — but like I said, I don’t like to say I ‘discovered’ this because I might have interpreted my evidence wrong, or something new could be uncovered that might disprove my idea.

    • Photo: Phil Sutton

      Phil Sutton answered on 10 Mar 2017:


      The best thing I’ve discovered so far in my career is that I am capable of being a scientist. I never thought I be where I am now so have discovered some things about myself that I didn’t know I could do.

      Scientifically, although not me directly work in my area of research has shown that moons are still forming in Saturn’s rings. We have watched this take place over the last few years. My own work and computer models has suggested that some of this might be more turbulent in nature than first thought.

    • Photo: Hannah Sargeant

      Hannah Sargeant answered on 12 Mar 2017:


      so far I’m looking at a new way of getting oxygen from rocks using very little energy. If I can get it to work we will be the first people to ever try it on the Moon or any planet!

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