Deep-Space Human Exploration | Dr. Darlene Lim | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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TL;DR

NASA field scientist Dr. Darlene Lim discusses how field research in extreme environments, such as underwater and in deserts, is crucial for understanding and developing science operations for deep space missions.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What are the three primary destinations for long-term human exploration that NASA is interested in?

The moon, Mars, and the moon of Mars (Phobos) or an asteroid.

Q: Why is time delay in communication a significant challenge in space missions, and how does field research help in addressing this challenge?

Time delays in communication make it difficult for scientists and astronauts to interact and make real-time decisions. Field research helps in developing operational concepts and capabilities for effective communication and decision-making in extreme environments.

Q: What are some of the analogs used by NASA for testing operational concepts and capabilities?

NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations), Desert Rats, and the Pavilion Lake Research Project are all examples of analogs used by NASA.

Q: How does the Pavilion Lake Research Project contribute to the development of science operations for space missions?

The project allows NASA to test and refine operational protocols, communication structures, and capabilities for underwater exploration, which are then applied to deep space missions.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Dr. Lim describes her background as a field scientist and her experience working in extreme environments around the world.

  • She explains how NASA uses field research to learn how to conduct science and protect people in extreme environments, in preparation for missions to the moon, Mars, and asteroids.

  • Dr. Lim discusses the challenges posed by time delays in communication during space missions, and how field research helps in addressing these challenges.

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