Visit of NASA administrator, Charles F. Bolden, to the Center for Astrobiology

On September 27, the administrator of NASA, Charles F. Bolden, visited the facilities of the Center for Astrobiology (CAB) at the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid).

The visit began with an act of welcome at the Center's Assembly Hall, where the Director of the CAB, Javier Gómez-Elvira, thanked the presence of Charles Bolden and pointed out the close ties that unite both institutions, not in vain the Center for Astrobiology It was the first center associated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI), the NASA Astrobiology Institute, created in 1998.

Next, the Administrator of NASA addressed a few words to all present. He said, in reference to the mission Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and the rover 'Curiosity' currently on Martian soil, that CAB researchers can proudly say that "Spain is on the surface of Mars" .

Bolden has highlighted that the Astrobiology Center has led the design and development of the REMS environmental station, "an instrument that will provide invaluable information for future missions to Mars."

, he valued very positively the other Spanish contribution to the mission, the adjustable high gain antenna that allows the direct communication of the 'Curiosity' with the Earth.
After the welcome act, Bolden visited the different laboratories of the Center, where he could attend to the explanations about the different projects that are currently being developed in the CAB.