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Mission Mars: Adventures on Earth – VIP Lunch and Talk
13 August 2019 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm$58.84
International speaker Dr Darlene Lim to visit Warragul.
Join us at this special event to uncover the secrets to exploring other planets, hidden in the least hospitable parts of our own.
Dr Darlene Lim from NASA shares her experiences working under simulated mission conditions in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and underwater where she has piloted submersibles as a scientist and explorer. Only once we have mastered these challenges can we walk among the red dunes of Mars. Includes lunch.
- Speaking Event at West Gippsland Art Centre at 10.00am; and
- VIP Lunch at Warragul Regional College STEM Centre via Archibald Cres Warragul at 1.30pm.
For centuries, the red planet has fired our imaginations; composers, authors, poets and more have all offered their tributes to the bringer of war.
Now, science has brought us to the very cusp of visiting Mars. Getting there, however, is only half of the battle. When humans set foot on Mars, what will they do? How will they explore? How will they survive?
Over the past decade, NASA teams have been working at analogs, destinations on Earth that simulate Mars mission conditions, to build capabilities for human and human-robotic missions to the Moon, into deep space, and on Mars.
In this talk, Dr Darlene Lim, a geobiologist shares her experiences working under simulated mission conditions in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and underwater where she has piloted submersibles as a scientist and explorer.
Two on-going NASA analog programs on which Dr Lim will focus are BASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains), and SUBSEA (Systematic Underwater Biogeochemical Science and Exploration Analog). These missions aim to solve a number of unique challenges that are not encountered during typical scientific field expeditions, such as extreme environmental conditions and communication delays. Only once we have mastered these challenges can we walk among the red dunes of Mars.
Funds raised from this event go towards sponsoring students to attend the Mission Discovery Event at University of Melbourne in the September school holidays.
Extra tickets for the presentation at the West Gippsland Art Centre can be obtained online or by phone on 03 5624 2456.