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Resource Exploration on Mars—Applying the Lessons from Earth

The Michel T. Halbouty lecture series — funded by the AAPG Foundation — is an ongoing special event at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition. Lecture topics are designed to focus either on wildcat exploration in any part of the world where major discoveries might contribute significantly to petroleum reserves, or space exploration where astrogeological knowledge would further mankind’s ability to develop resources on Earth and in the Solar System.

As we look ahead to the adventure of sending humans to Mars, we are faced with the question of how to sustain them. A key aspect of this is the exploration for, and definition of, strategic in situ resources, and developing the systems that would be required to take advantage of them. Critical lessons learned in the petroleum and mining industries here on Earth will need to be brought to bear.

David Beaty has been the Chief Scientist of the Mars Exploration Directorate at JPL in Pasadena, California for the past decade. His professional background is in geology, with a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1975 and a PhD from Caltech in 1980. He spent the first half of his career in the resource industry here on our home planet, Earth. After leaving Caltech, he joined Noranda Exploration in the minerals industry and worked as an exploration geologist in the Rocky Mountain area, primarily searching for base and precious metals. In 1988, he joined Chevron at their research lab in La Habra, California, where he worked in support of diverse exploration and production projects throughout the world, including in the Permian Basin, the San Joaquin Valley, the Beaufort Sea, the North Sea and others. During his time at Chevron, Dave advanced into management, at different times leading both the geology and physical/chemical measurements divisions and overseeing a variety of exploration- and productionrelated research applications.

In 1999 Dave joined the NASA family at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. His role began with an assignment as project manager on a portion of the Mars Sample Return mission, but then to the Mars Program Office, first as Associate Chief Scientist, then as Chief Scientist. His responsibilities include oversight of the scientific productivity of JPL’s existing missions to Mars and also strategic planning for potential future Mars missions that are over the horizon. Most importantly, the latter includes the completion of the missions associated with Mars Sample Return, the design of the precursor missions needed to support the potential human exploration of Mars and planning for the scientific objectives and strategies for the future human explorers.

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Resource Exploration on Mars—Applying the Lessons from Earth

The Michel T. Halbouty lecture series — funded by the AAPG Foundation — is an ongoing special event at the AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition. Lecture topics are designed to focus either on wildcat exploration in any part of the world where major discoveries might contribute significantly to petroleum reserves, or space exploration where astrogeological knowledge would further mankind’s ability to develop resources on Earth and in the Solar System.

As we look ahead to the adventure of sending humans to Mars, we are faced with the question of how to sustain them. A key aspect of this is the exploration for, and definition of, strategic in situ resources, and developing the systems that would be required to take advantage of them. Critical lessons learned in the petroleum and mining industries here on Earth will need to be brought to bear.

David Beaty has been the Chief Scientist of the Mars Exploration Directorate at JPL in Pasadena, California for the past decade. His professional background is in geology, with a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1975 and a PhD from Caltech in 1980. He spent the first half of his career in the resource industry here on our home planet, Earth. After leaving Caltech, he joined Noranda Exploration in the minerals industry and worked as an exploration geologist in the Rocky Mountain area, primarily searching for base and precious metals. In 1988, he joined Chevron at their research lab in La Habra, California, where he worked in support of diverse exploration and production projects throughout the world, including in the Permian Basin, the San Joaquin Valley, the Beaufort Sea, the North Sea and others. During his time at Chevron, Dave advanced into management, at different times leading both the geology and physical/chemical measurements divisions and overseeing a variety of exploration- and productionrelated research applications.

In 1999 Dave joined the NASA family at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. His role began with an assignment as project manager on a portion of the Mars Sample Return mission, but then to the Mars Program Office, first as Associate Chief Scientist, then as Chief Scientist. His responsibilities include oversight of the scientific productivity of JPL’s existing missions to Mars and also strategic planning for potential future Mars missions that are over the horizon. Most importantly, the latter includes the completion of the missions associated with Mars Sample Return, the design of the precursor missions needed to support the potential human exploration of Mars and planning for the scientific objectives and strategies for the future human explorers.

Panel_35069 Panel_35069 Michel T. Halbouty Lecture Monday, 03 April, 2017 Monday, 03 April, 2017 5:10 PM 6:00 PM

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