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ALIENATING MARS: CHALLENGES OF SPACE COLONIZATION (NY ACAD OF SCI), May 12, 2020, virtual, 7:00-8:15 pm ET

The New York Academy of Sciences will hold a webinar on May 12, 2020 from 7:00-8:15 pm ET to discuss “Alienating Mars: Challenges of Space Colonization.”  It describes the event this way:

Human bodies are optimized for life on Earth, and ill-equipped for environments like those we will encounter on Mars. But here at home there are organisms that thrive in the extremes: the coldest, hottest, driest, and saltiest places. As technologies like CRISPR enable us to manipulate our genes, there may be adaptive tools we can borrow from these extremophiles. But while we are absorbed in self-preservation, it will be easy to neglect the planet we hope to colonize. After all, humans do not have the best track record when it comes to ethical exploration. While there is no evidence for life on Mars—yet—there is still the matter of an entire land that has no one to speak for it, or to defend it. So in the process of getting humans to Mars, what values may be compromised along the way?

Participants are:

  • Kennda Lynch, Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • Christopher Mason, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Lucianne Walkowicz, The JustSpace Alliance, Adler Planetarium
  • Brooke Grindlinger, New York Academy of Sciences

More information and a registration link ($10 for non-members) is on the event’s website.

Details

Date:
May 12
Time:
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm