This is the first of a two-part interview with Mars One candidate Dianne McGrath. She's currently among the choice 100 in the world who will potentially be selected into a team of 4 people for the first one-way trip to Mars in 2026.
Dianne’s vast experience and incredible work diversity equip her with the skills and demonstrated ability to learn that make her the ideal astronaut candidate. She's an active part of the academic community, speaking in Universities and TED Talks on topics from politics to life sciences, and is currently a Higher Degree by Research Master of Engineering (Environmental Engineering) student at RMIT University. She also likes to run marathons by the way!
In this episode we discuss firstly about Diane's role models, what kicked off her signup for the one-way mission to Mars and why she made the choice. Moving forward the conversation goes into the nuances of interplanetary life and the science behind Mars as the top pick for the first space colony.
This is a great episode to kick off our two part discussion with Dianne. We hope you enjoy it guys!
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- Tommy’s Tribute (Intro song for Dianne). [5:30]
- Dianne’s role models, and the opportunity of women in space travel. [7:30]
- What started the pursuit for the Mars One mission? [10:50]
- Out of all the potential planets, why Mars? [16:23]
- NASA’s plans about the moon. [17:39]
- How the funding goes, what happens as the project comes to life. [19:10]
- What the Kuiper Belt is, what it does, and the dangers of asteroids. [22:51]
- Forecast funding for the project and testing and setting up for all life support through robots. [24:10]
- Potential living conditions on the planet: life support, food production, and radiation. Air pressure and gravity projections. [27:10]
- Someone’s gotta do it first. How being mindful helps in processing the entire experience. Being in the moment. [34:40]
- The Good, The Bad and The Science. [36:40]
- The selection process for the Mars One team. [50:10]
Selected Links from the Episode:
- Mars One Mission
- Terra Formars
- The Martian
- Neil Degrasse Tyson
- Bas Lansdorp
- Elon Musk
- Stephen Hawking
- Kuiper Belt
- Space X
- Curiosity (Rover)
- Solar System
- Solar Panels
- Tunguska event
- Quasar Winds