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Footsteps to Mars Hangout, Aug 3, 2017, virtual

The next “Footsteps to Mars” Hangout will take place on August 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm ET.  The topic is “Societal and Biomedical Implications of Mars Settlement.”   Joining Hangout regulars Tony Darnell, Harley Thronson, and Alberto Conti will be:

  • Arnauld Nicogossian, George Mason University
  • Charles Doarn, University of Cincinnatti
  • Cassie Conley, NASA Planetary Protection Officer
  • Cherie Oubre, Senior Scientist, KBRWyle/JSC NASA

Watch on YouTube, broadcast on the Deep Astronomy channel.   More information is in the emailed announcement, reproduced below:

Footsteps to Mars: 

“Societal and Biomedical Implications of Mars Settlement

Thursday, August 3, 3:00 pm EDT

The Mars environment presents many challenges to human survival and long-term residence.  In addition to microgravity health impacts, radiation, unbreathable atmosphere and dust storms, surviving alien microorganisms can present a health risk.  Each of these elements encompass many ethical, policy and research issues.  International agreements and planetary protection establishing an exploration framework will be also addressed.

Join Tony Darnell, Harley Thronson and Alberto Conti as they continue discussions with Arnauld Nicogossian (George Mason University), Charles Doarn (University of Cincinnati), Catharine A. Conley (NASA Planetary Protection Officer) and Cherie Oubre (Senior Scientist, KBRWyle/JSC NASA), addressing health and societal challenges of traveling, living and working on Mars.

The best place to watch the hangout will be on YouTube, broadcast on the Deep Astronomy channel:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ5j7Dvy1gw

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeepAstronomy/videos/1440028626062711/

Periscope: https://www.pscp.tv/DeepAstronomy

Twitter Hashtag: https://goo.gl/IrRvq2

Archive of Past “Footsteps to Mars” Hangouts:



August 3
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm