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Earthworms for Mars: chew where no worm has chewed before.

Earthworms for Mars: chew where no worm has chewed before.

by Natasha Schön on Wednesday, 28th June 2017 in Food for Mars, People, Wieger Wamelink

Those who have seen the movie ‘ Dune’ from David Lynch may be able to imagine what we are currently trying to accomplish: growing worms on Mars or the moon. The worms we are going to use are a bit smaller and a lot less violent than those in the movie, although they have creepy names like Lumbricus terrestris or Eisenia fetida. They can be found everywhere in the soil - the first pilot experiments were carried with worms from my own garden! But why worms?

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Living in Space: Lab Day at Border Sessions Conference

Living in Space: Lab Day at Border Sessions Conference

by Natasha Schön on Friday, 23rd June 2017 in STEM, Technology

People in both the private and governmental industry alike have set their sights on expanding humanity beyond Earth’s orbit. Hence, human settlements in our solar system may become feasible within decades. Some of the key questions surrounding our expansion into space are: How will people live in space and what kind of work will they do? How will they entertain themselves and how will they protect themselves against the dangers in space or other heavenly bodies? How will poeple use the resources in space to support the small settlements that will eventually grow in to large communities? This was the main focus of the Border Sessions Lab day on June 28th 2017 in The Hague, the Netherlands. 

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The first science prize of the Dutch children’s program ‘Het Klokhuis’ goes to…

The first science prize of the Dutch children’s program ‘Het Klokhuis’ goes to…

by Suzanne Flinkenflögel on Thursday, 9th February 2017 in Food for Mars, People, Wieger Wamelink, STEM

Dr. ir. Wieger Wamelink, a Mars One adviser, is a senior ecologist at Wageningen Environmental Science at Wageningen University & Research (the Netherlands). He has made significant scientific contributions to the understanding of the possibilities of using Martian soil for food production on Mars, a key component of the Mars One mission. He has written several blog posts about his Food for Mars research for Mars Exchange. In this most recent publication, Wamelink writes about winning a Dutch Children's Science Award.

"‘I am going to enlist you, unless you demur before the end of the day.’ I found this short e-mail from one of our press officers on a morning in my inbox....

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Live Q&A with Mars One adviser Adrian Hayes

Live Q&A with Mars One adviser Adrian Hayes

by Suzanne Flinkenflögel on Monday, 30th January 2017 in People, Adrian Hayes

Having participated in many long and arduous expeditions himself, record-breaking adventurer Adrian Hayes understands the mental challenges our future astronauts will be facing and the importance of real teamwork to succeed in their journeys to and life on Mars. On February 6, 2017 we will be hosting a live web chat with Adrian Hayes to ask him community questions and questions from our Mars100 round 3 astronaut candidates. 

You can watch the video from the hangout here.

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