Last week we welcomed our Space Ambassadors, the member of the board of the Austrian Space Forum Mr. Willibald Stumptner and analog astronaut Mr. João Lousada for an interesting debate about future missions to Mars.
Students from Y3 to Y8 had the chance to ask numerous questions related with space exploration. It has a fantastic opportunity to engage in a very interesting discussion about the work and the importance of simulation missions.
Mr. João Lousada explained why the job of an analog astronaut is important: they are trained to conduct spaceflight-simulations in Mars/Moon-like regions on Earth, testing and evaluating equipment procedures, human factors and workflows relevant to future human-robotic space exploration missions.
Mr Willibald Stumptner presented the AMADEE-18 simulation mission: directed by a Mission Support Center in Austria, a small field crew conducted experiments preparing for future human Mars missions in the fields of engineering, planetary surface operations, astrobiology, geophysics/geology, life sciences and other.
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Patrícia Martins Raposo-Weinberger