For decades, the conquest of space, beyond being a reality, has made humanity dream in distant worlds. Space exploration is the paradigm of scientific journey where astronauts become the fortunate travelers. The arrival of humans on the red planet poses possibilities as well as challenges: will we be able to do better than on Earth? The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is Mars on Earth. This analog station is a point of scientific interest not only for researchers and engineers, but also for the public. This video journal of Hypatia I’s adventure aims to make society aware of the wonders of this remote place, the purpose of analog missions, the scientific projects that we will develop, and the personal experience of our crew on this great journey of scientific exploration. This project is in collaboration with Polaris, an initiative that aims to promote a new model of travel, an alternative tourism based on scientific learning.
Thanks to the advances in technology, nowadays we all have a GPS device on our phone, and have forgotten how much navigation has changed over the past 30 years. This activity is meant to emphasize the importance of navigation and show how it has changed our lives. We will combine videos and easy experiments to do at home, in order to understand how navigation was done in the past, present and who know in the future.
‘The sounds of Mars’ is narrative podcast about the Hypatia I crew members’ scientific projects and our experience at the MDRS. A huge experience recorded with just a little microphone from a remote place.
Before, during and after our mission at the MDRS, I will be writing feature articles for the media outlets in which I am a contributor. As they usually do not have any budget to have correspondents or send reporters to other places, this will become a unique opportunity to pitch new science stories.
During our experience at the MDRS, I will keep a journal in order to compile material to write a long-form story, that it could be published as a book for the general public. I have already published one book and I have relationship with several editors and publishers in Spain.
Is there life on Mars? This is question is addressed together with children in public primary school La Marinada (El Masnou). To find the answer, we will explore the Martian soil and analyze the presence of microorganisms.
This is an inclusive, cooperative card game to promote female scientific roles. The game card is inspired by the crew of Hypatia I to explain the Martian projects that are developed on the MDRS. This project has been created together with the company Lastuf.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
— Marie Curie, radioactivity researcher and two-time Nobel Prize winner