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2021-Mar-16, 11:13 PM
Mars is in the air... or at least the sky (the air is more full of tree pollen, truth be told.) As SpaceX (http://spacex.com/) barrels ahead with its Starship prototypes in Texas, and Percy (https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/) takes its first drives around the red planet, it is feeling more and more like today's college students will have an actual chance to someday see people on Mars.

I don't dare guess how long it will be be until humans leave the Earth-Moon system, but I do dare to dream about what it will take to survive the journey and successfully build a home on Mars. While I dream, however, others are actually looking at the science and making plans. One of these people is Nick Castle, who goes by MercurialMartian on our Discord server (https://discord.gg/r57VVvzknv). In real life, he is one of our colleagues at the Planetary Science Institute (http://psi.edu/), and he does mission operations for the Mars Curiosity Rover (https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/home/) team.

Starting next Saturday, Nick will be doing a six-week seminar series on how to build a home for humans on Mars and not die along the way. This course is not without a fee; we're paying Nick a living wage to both prepare to teach each week, and we're keeping the course size tiny to allow in-depth discussions around the content.

If you want to join me in dreaming of Mars, with the facts someone like Nick can teach you, here's the link (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mars-101-how-to-live-on-mars-and-not-die-tickets-141371715607) to go sign up.

In love and science,

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