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Preparing new Martians to be scientists

Preparing new Martians to be scientists

by Vince on Wednesday, 7th January 2015 in Expert Opinions, People, Christopher McKay

Christopher McKay, PhD, (http://spacescience.arc.nasa.gov/staff/chris-mckay) is a planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, where he has been involved in the Phoenix and Curiosity Mars missions. He is also an explorer with 35 years of experience in extreme environments. In a previous Mars Exchange interview, we asked him what Mars One astronaut candidates should be learning. He named two priorities: survival—covered in a previous story—and science.

Now that you’ve discussed some of the survival skills Mars One astronauts need, what are the scientific skills they should hone?

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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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