“We all have that dream of being the person who walks across plains on Mars." an interview with Jacob Bleacher
Recorded February 14, 2019 Archived February 14, 2019 19:54 minutes
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DescriptionJacob Bleacher has spent a great deal of time preparing for Mars and the moon, even though he has never left the Earth’s orbit. The research scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center is currently on detail at NASA Headquarters as the chief exploration scientist for human exploration, meaning he gets to test Mars rovers and astronaut suits for weeks at a time in simulations in places like the desert of Arizona around Flagstaff.
His work includes testing equipment to make sure it will work and be easy to use in lunar or Martian conditions, but much of his research is focused on lava tubes, caves which may serve as good protection from solar radiation for future Mars explorers. (Recorded 12 December 2018)