Studies of Mars

Brief description:
The program is centered around a big scientific challenge: the exploration of Mars. It is intended to use mathematical tools such as Modeling, Simulation, Data Analysis, Retrieval Algorithms and Differential Equations in order to address technological issues such as the calibration of the flight instruments and the interpretation of data obtained from a space mission to Mars.

Aims of the program:

  1. Scientific definition of tools for Mars missions.
  2. Modelling of the Martian atmosphere.
  3. Studies on radiation on Mars.
  4. Magnetic and geodetic studies on Mars.
  5. Data Mining. High performance computing and cloud.
  6. Organization of scientific meetings on different aspects of Mars exploration. Outreach activities.


Researchers: Luis Vázquez Martínez (Full Professor, Fac. Computing UCM)
                        Pilar Romero Pérez (Associate Professor, Fac. Math. UCM)
Gracia Rodríguez Caderot (Associate Professor, Fac. Math. UCM)
Marta Folgueira López (Associate Professor, Fac. Math. UCM)
Maria Luisa Martín Pérez (Associate Professor, University of Valladolid)
Francisco Valero Rodríguez (Full Professor, Fac. Physics UCM)
Miguel Herraiz Sarachaga (Full Professor, Fac. Physics UCM)
David Usero Mainer (Post-doc, UCM)
Salvador Jiménez Burillo (UPM)
Carlos Aguirre Maeso (UAM)
Pedro J. Pascual Broncano (UAM)
Beatriz Sánchez-Cano Moreno de Redrojo (Ph. D. Student, UCM)
María Ramírez Nicolás (Ph. D. Student, UCM)
Gonzalo Barderas Manchado (Ph. D. Student, UCM)
Alvaro de Vicente-Retortillo Rubalcaba (Ph. D. Student, UCM)

External collaborators:
Centers involved in the mission-MetNet Meiga: Russian Space Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences (IKI) and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI). It also collaborates with other centers in France, Italy and the NASA and ESA.