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07 April 2019 - 13 April 2019
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09 April
  • “The Future for Space Exploration? It’s Life Jim, but not as we Know IT”

    07:15pm   to    09:30pm

    Dr Martin Braddock.
    Space exploration and colonization by astronauts is challenged by exposure to radiation and the
    ergonomics of living and working in an environment of microgravity. The adverse effects of
    prolonged exposure to radiation and microgravity can be predicted both by observations in
    astronauts and in animals on short duration space flight. Long term space travel to Mars and beyond
    will demand countermeasures currently under development in a series of roadmaps from the NASA
    Ames laboratory and from space agencies around the glove in a collaborative effort. Developments
    in machine-based learning (MBL), a component of artificial intelligence (AI) raise the prospect that
    future space exploration may be either semi, or fully automated. This talk will review the effects of
    radiation and microgravity on the human body and describe features of AI that ask the question will
    future space exploration and colonization be human-based?

    Martin is passionate about all aspects of Astronomy, Cosmology and Astrobiology and is enrolled on
    the Open University’s MSc degree in Space Sciences and Technology. He is a member of the
    Mansfield and Sutton Astronomical Society and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical
    Society in May 2015. He is interested in the effects of gravitational extremes on physiology,
    ergonomics of space craft design and the development of Space Medicine.

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