Florida Tech Astrophysicist Daniel Batcheldor To Discuss Challenges Facing Mars’ First Inhabitants

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Florida Institute of Technology’s Daniel Batcheldor, head of the Department of Physics and Space Sciences, teaches a class last fall on utilizing resources on Mars. He will be a panelist at a May 10 event on Mars at Orlando-based 90.7 WMFE. (FTT) 

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Institute of Technology astrophysicist Daniel Batcheldor and two NASA scientists will discuss the challenges facing Mars’ first inhabitants as the Orlando-based NPR station 90.7 WMFE presents “How to Survive on Mars: Exploring the technology that will save the first Martians.”

The event begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at WMFE studios, 11510 E. Colonial Drive in Orlando.

It is free to attend but RSVPs are requested. CLICK HERE  to RSVP.

Hosted by the station’s space reporter, Brendan Byrne, the panel discussion will focus on how the Red Planet’s lack of fuel, oxygen or food has led researchers and engineers on Earth to explore how best to use what the planet offers and “turn it into much-needed food, water and life-saving oxygen.”

Batcheldor, head of Florida Tech’s Department of Physics and Space Sciences, is working on developing a near-identical version of Martian soil, called regolith, to allow accurate research into growing crops on Mars.

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Joining him on the panel will be NASA’s Nicole Dufour, project manager for VEGGIE. She oversees the VEGGIE experiment, a garden of vegetables on the International Space Station.

There, astronauts are growing lettuce and cabbage and learning vital lessons about plant growth in microgravity.

Anne Meier, a chemical engineer with NASA’s Engineer, Exploration Research & Technology Programs, rounds out the panel.

She is transforming trash into vital gases like methane, oxygen and water.

This trash-to-gas technology could produce gases that can be used for life support on long-duration missions.

CLICK HERE for more information or to register.