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The Science of Screening Astronauts

The Science of Screening Astronauts

by Vince on Wednesday, 27th May 2015 in Astronaut Selection, Inside 360, People, Norbert Kraft

Mars One received more than 200,000 applicants, and screened them to 1,000-plus in a short time. How was this done? Chief Medical Officer Norbert Kraft, MD, developed the Mars One candidate screening process. He worked for the Japanese space agency, collaborated with the Russian space agency, and worked at NASA before joining Mars One. In this and two subsequent stories, Dr. Kraft describes the process.

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Living on Mars through Mars One Candidate Eyes

Living on Mars through Mars One Candidate Eyes

by KC Frank on Thursday, 5th February 2015 in Astronaut Selection, Mars100

February 16, 2015 – a day that will go down in the history books of Mars One. On that day in mid-February, Mars One will officially announce the selection of a very small number of men and women around the world who will begin competing for four spots to travel to and live on Mars.

Leading up to our momentous announcement, we’ll be highlighting our amazingly brave Round Two candidates in a series of videos developed by passionate Mars One volunteers. This video series highlights the dreams, fears and desires of our astronaut hopefuls on their journey through our selection process.

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Preparing the new Martians for survival

Preparing the new Martians for survival

by Vince on Thursday, 25th September 2014 in Astronaut Selection, Expert Opinions, People, Christopher McKay

Christopher McKay, PhD, is a planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, where his research includes the origins of life in the solar system and active involvement for future Mars missions. He’s also an explorer with experience in extreme environments, having led or participated in expeditions in Antarctica, the Arctic, the Atacama Desert, and Siberia. With a PhD in AstroGeophysics (University of Colorado, Boulder, 1982), McKay is recently the author and coauthor of papers documenting the methane cycle on Saturn’s moon, Titan, as well as research on terraforming Mars (or “ecosynthesis”). He’s also been a co-investigator on the Phoenix and Curiosity missions. (http://spacescience.arc.nasa.gov/staff/chris-mckay)

Recently, Mars Exchange asked McKay about  survival, science, and living on Mars: What should Mars One astronaut candidates be studying in preparation for the mission?

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