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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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Food for Mars: A Student’s Story

Food for Mars: A Student’s Story

by Natasha Schön on Thursday, 21st January 2016 in Food for Mars, STEM

To me the end and beginning of a year is all about finishing projects and that does not include, unfortunately, an experiment on how to grow plants on Mars. This does not mean that nothing is happening at the moment. High-school student Wouter van As from the Norbertuscollege in Roosendaal is doing a small scale experiment with some cool results! This is the twelfth post in a blog series about experiments conducted by a team of ecologists and crop scientists of Wageningen UR. The goal of these experiments is a proof of concepts for providing the first (human) Martians with ‘own-grown’ fresh food. Find the links to our other eleven blog posts below!

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Four ways Mars One can attract women to its mission

Four ways Mars One can attract women to its mission

by Vince on Friday, 17th October 2014 in Expert Opinions, People, Rebecca Spyke Keiser, STEM

As a world-wide, nongovernmental venture, Mars One seeks to involve people from around the world in the settlement of Mars. But since women are usually underrepresented in space activities, Mars One may need to make extra efforts to involve women and gain their support. Rebecca Spyke Keiser, PhD, is Special Assistant to the NASA Administrator for Innovation and Public-Private Partnership. One of Keiser's initiatives at NASA has been to lead the agency's efforts to involve more girls and women in the study of science, technology, engineering, and math.

In a previous installment of Mars One Exchange, Why have fewer women been involved in space exploration?, Keiser discussed reasons women have been underrepresented in space exploration. In this installment, she answers the question, How can Mars One involve more women in space?

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