Science Symposium 2018 Keynote Speaker

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DR. KIM BINSTED

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI’I AT MANOA’S HAWAI’I SPACE EXPLORATION ANALOG AND SIMULATION (HI-SEAS)

 

Ever aspire to explore the “HI-SEAS” of the Red Planet of Mars?

Those attending the 2018 Science Symposium can do just that – with assistance from Dr. Kim Binsted, the keynote speaker and principal investigator of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa’s Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project.

Nestled on the slopes of Mauna Loa on the Island of Hawai’i, this ground-breaking, international project focuses on tearing down barriers to human journey to the planet Mars.

Specifically, this site simulates life on the Red Planet, with “crew members” on an eight-month “trip” under the watchful eye of research scientists. Far from being on Earth, the experience aims to mimic the gravity and habitats on Mars.

Symposium attendees will learn about common daily tasks conducted during this HI-SEAS journey, including prepping food using only shelf-stable ingredients, exercising to stay healthy in the differing planetary environment and conducting in-depth, NASA-driven research experiments.

And, since an actual stay on another planet would lack common, everyday Earth “perks,” Dr. Binsted will discuss individual and group behavioral dynamics of those on a quest to conquer the “final frontier!”