Albert Haldemann, ExoMars Payload and AIV Manager
Albert Haldemann, ESA’s ExoMars Payload and Assembly Integration and Verification Manager, is pictured sitting on top of a wind-eroded gebel (small hill) in Dakhleh Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt. The gebel is capped by the carbonaceous silty sediments that he is sitting on, which are evidence for the presence of a large lake that existed in the oasis around 100,000 years ago. Albert and colleagues have found evidence in those sediments for an extraterrestrial impact event at Dakhleh Oasis dating from around 150,000 years ago. Stone Age artefacts indicate that the area was inhabited in the same period.