The First IOP branch lecture of 2015 the will be “Mission to ‘Mars’” by a returning speaker, Michaela Musilova and will take place on Monday 2 February in the William Penney Theatre at AWE’s Recreational Society. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served from 7pm and the lecture will start at 7:30pm. The lecture is open to all, including children and non-members.
“Space suit fitted. Check! Radio transmitter attached. Check! Air supply pack turned on. Check! Time for another day on Mars!” That is how most days started at the Mars Desert Research Station, located in the cold, high altitude desert in Utah (USA). It is one of the most Mars-like environments on Earth. Here, crews of ‘marsonauts’ are trained to experience the physical and social challenges of life as we would experience it on Mars one day. Last year, astrobiologist Michaela Musilova was selected to take part of a high-fidelity astronauts-on-Mars simulation. Working with worldwide space agencies, such as NASA and the European Space Agency, Michaela also conducted research for future missions to Mars. Join Michaela as she will share her adventures of living with limited amounts of electricity, oxygen, water and powder-like astronaut’s food on ‘Mars’.