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Mars Society Switzerland
Conference in Muri (Aargau) November 4th 2015 Volkshochschule Freiamt
Mars is the main objective of the US planetary exploration policy. Priority is given to robotic exploration over manned exploration even though many people around the World favor the second option. The Mars Society is an advocacy society promoting this manned exploration and it has arguments to say that it would be feasible with existing technologies and within a very short span of time. Going physically to Mars would open a new chapter of Man’s adventure as settling this new frontier would be a statement to continue the spatial expansion that our ancestors started when they decided to wander outside of Africa to Asia and Europa and, much later, to Australia or America. But going to Mars would not only satisfy our desire to realize something difficult, it would also be a way to enhance Knowledge about ourselves since Mars is in many respect a sister to the Earth. Studying Mars should give us new understanding about the evolution from inert matter towards Life since it had all the ingredients to allow such evolution but possibly could not achieve it on account of its much smaller mass. Contrary to the Earth, it has preserved millions of square km of rocks dating from before the time Life appeared on our planet and this represent an entirely new book about our lost History. This conference was the opportunity to make a point about where we stand and what can be expected in terms of scientific research and engineering possibilities. Crédit image NASA / ESA ("Hubble Héritage"). Photo prise par le télescope Hubble lors de l'opposition de Mars de Juin 2001
Conference at the EPFL ( e Space) March 16th 2016
Taking the opportunity of the launch of the first part of the ExoMars mission (March 14th), the Space Engineering Center of the EPFL ("eSpace") organized an event on March 16th 2016. In this frame, Pierre Brisson made a presentation about the research context and recent news within which this mission is taking place. ESA stated that the purpose of the mission is "to gain a better understanding of methane and other atmospheric gases that are present in small concentrations (less than 1% of the atmosphere) but nevertheless could be evidence for possible biological or geological activity."
This conference took place at the Crown Plazza Hotel (Geneva Airport) within the frame of the XVth seminar of the Swiss Flying Physicians Association. The presentation put forward the various health hazards astronauts would face while performing a deep space mission (mostly radiations and weightlessness), ant the possible remedies to these health hazards.
Conference (in French) to the Swiss Flying Physicians Association March 17th 2016