Edwin Kite is a tenured professor at the University of Chicago and a member of the Mars Curiosity rover science team. His research group works on the past, present, and future habitability of the Solar System and exoplanets. Kite has authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific papers, served for six years on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science, and is a co-recipient of the Newcomb Cleveland Prize. Prior to joining UChicago, Kite held prize postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and at Caltech.
Edwin Kite explores the scientific and engineering challenges associated with terraforming Mars. Focusing on the crucial first step of elevating the planet’s temperature, Kite examines the feasibility of various warming strategies that could potentially create a more hospitable environment for future human colonization. From the manipulation of atmospheric gases to the deployment of advanced solar mirrors, the presentation delves into both the innovative solutions and the ethical considerations of transforming the Martian climate. Kite’s analysis draws on the latest research in planetary science, offering insights into how humanity might one day turn the Red Planet green.