LogiCON 2014: Real Life on Simulated Mars

LogiCON is a yearly conference put on by a group of excellent individuals, celebrating logic, critical thinking, and the scientific method. This year’s conference will take place in Edmonton on May 24th, and plays host to an excellent array of speakers. The conference is geared towards general interest public topics. I highly recommend anyone in Edmonton and the surrounding areas go, tickets are on sale now.

Ross takes a GigaPan image of the HI-SEAS environment. Photo by Annie Caraccio.
Ross takes a GigaPan image of the HI-SEAS environment. Photo by Annie Caraccio.

Since I’m way out here on sMars, I’ll be uploading my presentation in remotely. After the conference, it will be available on YouTube. Here is the abstract for my talk:

Real Life on Simulated Mars

The first trip to Mars may occur as early 2030, but there is a lot of work to be done to prepare for a successful mission to the red planet. Analog simulations like the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog & Simulation are used to study everything from life-support systems to the psychological impact on future astronauts. These low-cost analogs help researchers plan long-duration missions that closely replicate many of the conditions that exist on Mars. For the last two months, I have been living in a habitat built on the desolate lava fields of Mauna Loa in Hawaii, simulating the life of a Martian in the Tharsis region of Mars.


Featured image by Casey Stedman.

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