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Alienating Mars: Challenges of Space Colonization




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Alienating Mars: Challenges of Space Colonization

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM EDT


Presented By

The New York Academy of Sciences


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?

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Panelists & Moderator

Kennda Lynch, PhD
Kennda Lynch, PhD

Lunar and Planetary Institute

Christopher Mason
Christopher Mason, PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine

Lucianne Walkowicz
Lucianne Walkowicz, PhD

The JustSpace Alliance; Adler Plantarium

Brooke Grindlinger
Brooke Grindlinger, PhD

New York Academy of Sciences