Podcaster: Beth Johnson, Franck Marchis, and Simon Steel (alternate hosts); Guest: Bill Diamond, Dr. Pascal Lee 

Title: SETI Live: Moon and Mars on Earth: Preparing for Space Exploration in the Arctic

Organization: SETI Institute



Recorded live on 10 August 2023.

Tune in to this week’s SETI Live broadcast, beamed directly from Devon Island in the High Arctic! This exceptional locale serves as a remarkable analog, mirroring key environmental features of both the Moon and Mars to help prepare for their exploration. Dr. Pascal Lee and his team have embarked on their annual expedition to study the local geology and microbiology, and their relevance to the Moon and Mars. Beyond their scientific mission, they’re putting spacesuits, drills, and cutting-edge technologies through rigorous trials, all destined for potential deployment in the human quest to explore the Moon and Mars.

Join SETI Institute CEO Bill Diamond as he discusses this exciting research and fascinating location with Dr. Lee, live via Starlink from the Arctic.

Bio: Beth Johnson is a communications specialist and social media manager with a degree in physics and master’s work in planetary science. She specializes in meteor showers, icy moons, and anything with volcanoes.

Franck Marchis is a senior planetary astronomer and chair of the exoplanet group at the Carl Sagan Center of the SETI Institute and Chief Scientific Officer and Founder at Unistellar. He has dedicated his work to the study of our solar system, specifically the search for asteroids with moons, using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics.

Simon Steel is Deputy Director of the Carl Sagan Center for Research at the SETI Institute. As an observational astrophysicist, he specialized in optical spectrophotometry, with an interest in the star formation histories of galaxies.

Bill Diamond is SETI Institute CEO

Dr. Pascal Lee is a Planetary Scientist at the SETI Institute

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