This week marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – the mission that took the first humans to the moon. The pioneering journeys of Michael Collins, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and the late Neil Armstrong to our closest celestial neighbour was achieved through the determination and sacrifice of many, and not without significant political will and financial backing. This great feat of engineering, bravery and adventure inspired a whole generation, and continues to do so…or does it?
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of hosting the first Occupy Mars seminar at Wolfson College, Oxford. I was joined by several speakers from around the university and further afield to discuss what it will take to get humans to Mars one day.
Some of you may know (from my previous post) that a few months ago I was selected to take part in a two-week expedition as an analogue astronaut to the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in the Utah desert. Late December, our crew completed this expedition and arrived back on Earth and it was truly an out-of-this-world experience!
I’m pleased to announce that I have been selected to take part in a two-week expedition as an analogue astronaut to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in the Utah desert early this December. It is a facility to learn and prepare for what life on Mars will be like in future human space exploration missions. Over 170 crews have stayed at MDRS and I will be forming the 184th.
It has been almost a month since the UK Space Conference, but I’ve only just found the time to reflect on this biennial event that cannot be missed by anyone in or interested in the UK space industry. Having attended the 2015 conference in Liverpool previously, this year’s one was equally unmissable.
It is somewhat delayed, but two weeks ago, I had the privilege of being invited as one of the 96 delegates to the 2nd European Space Generation Workshop held at the European Space Agency (ESA) HQ in Paris, France. In the paragraphs to follow, I shall highlight the work some amazing people in the industry contributed towards.
Happy International Women’s Day!
To celebrate, I’ve decided to publish my recent interview with the incredibly inspirational Shawna Pandya. Shawna is a Canadian of Indian origin and a physician with a background in neuroscience, martial artist with a black belt in Taekwondo, pilot, skydiver, scuba diver, and to top it all off, a citizen scientist astronaut candidate!
To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science earlier this week (11th February), I hope to use this website to highlight some of the distinguished female members of the space sector, the work they’ve done and continue to do, and their Words of Wisdom (WoW).
I was fortunate enough to have been able to attend the 54th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) as part of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) delegation.