Mars – Københavns Universitet

The Mars group at the Niels Bohr Institute is an experimental research group working with exploration of the Martian surface. Our research is focused on the mineral composition of the soil, rocks and particularly the airborne dust on Mars.
An essential activity is our direct participation in experiments on Mars lander and rover missions for which we design and build various science instruments and experiments.

Mars 2020 rover mission


A multinational and interdisciplinary team of students working on a new breed of moss designed to survive on Mars.


The Mars group's participation in NASA's Mars 2020 mission is currently funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.

The Carlsberg Foundation is a commercial foundation that supports basic scientific research within the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities conducted by Danish researchers and international researchers connected to Danish research environments.
In 2015, the Carlsberg Foundation awarded DKK 163 million for basic research. The funds for awards mainly come from the profits of Carlsberg A/S, in which the Carlsberg Foundation has a controlling interest. The Carlsberg Foundation was founded by Brewer J.C. Jacobsen in 1876.


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