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.