White Mars - Surviving Antarctica

UK Centre for Astrobiology seminar

White Mars - Surviving Antarctica

  • Event time: 1:30pm
  • Event date: 4th October 2016
  • Speaker: Beth Healey (European Space Agency)
  • Location: Room 4325B,

Event details

Concordia Station, Antarctica, is a spaceflight analogue, ‘White Mars’, in view of its isolation, inaccessibility, altitude, low light levels and skeleton crew. Beth has recently returned from a year-long mission there where she was working for the European Space Agency implementing research protocols to investigate the effects of this extreme environment on the physiology and psychology of the overwinter crew.

Beth, is a UK trained doctor who has recently returned from Antarctica where she was working as research MD for the European Space Agency at spaceflight analogue Concordia ‘White Mars’. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and patron of Expedition Medicine with an interest in polar environments she has worked as part of logistical and medical support teams for ski mountaineering expeditions and endurance races in Svalbard, Greenland, Siberia and at the North Pole.

The astrobiology seminar series is run by the UK Centre for Astrobiology based in the School of Physics & Astronomy. Astrobiology is a multi-disciplinary subject and the seminar series actively encourages attendance by undergraduates, postgraduates and academic staff from other departments..

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