Omniscience Speaker Series

The Omniscience Speaker Series is a digital science speaker series for both Tonbridge School and those with a passion for science. These talks aim to invite speakers from around the world who are experts in particularly exciting scientific fields, to share their knowledge with us.

Date: Wednesday 7th October 19:00 BST

Title: Engineering Mars 2020 with Dr. Farah Alibay

Booking: Book your free place at the online event through Eventbrite


In her 6-year career at JPL, Dr Farah Alibay has worked on 3 Mars missions - the latest of which launched on July 30th 2020 and is currently 1/3 of the way into its journey to the red planet. In her talk, Dr Alibay will give an overview of the Mars 2020 mission, and will dive into what it takes to build and test a rover destined for another planet. She will also share some insights about the road ahead and the work that her team is doing in preparation for operations on the surface of Mars.


Dr. Farah Alibay has been a Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for the past six years. She is a flight system engineer on the Mars 2020 team – the rover mission scheduled to land on the Red Planet in February 2021. She is primarily working on the mobility system for the Perseverance rover as well as supporting preparations for surface operations. Prior to joining the M2020 team, she worked on the InSight Mars Lander, as well as its companion mission: the Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats.  Dr. Alibay possesses an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Cambridge in the U.K., and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in Aerospace Engineering.

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