You will surely want to pack your toothbrush and your teddy bear if you are going on a journey of 261 million kilometers in the future mission to Mars. Now, A post-doctoral fellow in McMaster’s School of Geography and Earth Sciences, Allyson Brady, says that you would need more than that because it is more important to be sure of what you will do when you reach your destination.
The Canadian Space Agency funded in collaboration with NASA an international team of researchers that Brady is part of and which is trying to work out the operational, logistical, scientific and communications challenges that will come along with sending astronauts in the future mission to Mars. The first time a human walked on the Moon happened 50 years ago, so it is time we move forward onto another stop along the galaxy trail. The hope is that in about 21 years, astronauts will have the ability to strut their stuff on the Red Planet.
McMaster Scientist Helping Write The Guidelines for The Future Mission To Mars
This week a series of articles was published in a special edition of the journal Astrobiology and its focus is the operational, logistical, scientific and communications challenges that will come along with sending astronauts to the deep space. The research program from NASA, Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT) will end its years of work which involves microbiologists, geologists, engineers, geneticists, and astrobiologists from all over the world.
Brady decided to travel to the Mars-like terrain of Craters of the Moon National Park Monument and Preserve in Idaho and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to understand better the challenges and to take part in simulations. The regions are rich in basalt which is similar to a rock that can be found on Mars, but it is a mineral. The scientists hope to find out by the help of the basalt how to develop techniques to extricate evidence of previous life.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.