Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds TINA OVERTON: Hi, I’m Professor Tina Overton. I’m a chemist at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Skip to 0 minutes and 17 seconds JASMINA LAZENDIC-GALLOWAY: Hi, I’m Dr. Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway. I’m an astronomer also at Monash University. We have designed a course to help you learn–
Skip to 0 minutes and 25 seconds TINA OVERTON: –how to survive on Mars. Mars has captivated human imagination since the very earliest civilisations. Mars is the only planet in the solar system where humans could possibly live, which is why it holds such fascination for us. But sustaining our lives there is going to be a real challenge. We’re going to need some amazing science and meticulous planning.
Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds MARION ANDERSON: People have always wanted to see what’s over the horizon, what the next big thing is. And Mars is going to be the next big thing.
Skip to 0 minutes and 49 seconds DUNCAN GALLOWAY: So within my lifetime, I fully expect there will be people living on Mars. And so, we need to get ready.
Skip to 0 minutes and 55 seconds MICHAEL PAKAKIS: As the moon was a fascination back in the 60s and 50s, I think that it’s the same thing. I think Mars is the next target.
Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds TINA OVERTON: So here we are on an obviously simulated Mars surface.
Skip to 1 minute and 6 seconds JASMINA LAZENDIC GALLOWAY: And real Mars is completely different. There’s no air to breathe. There’s no water to drink. There is no food to eat. There is no energy that we can use easily.
Skip to 1 minute and 15 seconds TINA OVERTON: There’s very little atmosphere and there’s very little sunlight. The radiation is intense and it’s very cold.
Skip to 1 minute and 20 seconds DUNCAN GALLOWAY: It’s difficult for astronauts to survive on Mars. It’s a very extreme environment. So astronauts have to bring a lot of what they need with them.
Skip to 1 minute and 27 seconds JASMINA LAZENDIC-GALLOWAY: So, there are resources on Mars that we can use. We just need to be very innovative. How do we do that?
Skip to 1 minute and 33 seconds MARION ANDERSON: You’re going to need to know a little bit about everything– a little bit of chemistry, a little bit of biology, a little bit of maths, a little bit of physics, a little bit of geology, and probably a bit of engineering and medicine thrown in there as well for good luck.
Skip to 1 minute and 46 seconds MICHAEL PAKAKIS: An online course like this is an excellent way to actually promote this area of science and actually get students really excited about what they can be involved in in the next 15, 20 years time.
Skip to 2 minutes and 0 seconds JASMINA LAZENDIC-GALLOWAY: So join us on this amazing journey to learn–
Skip to 2 minutes and 3 seconds TINA OVERTON: –how to survive on Mars.