04 November 2016

A4H Member to Participate in Poland Mars Analogue Simulation 2017



One of our own A4H members, Iñigo Muñoz Elorza, will be participating in the upcoming Poland Mars Analog Simulation 2017, organized by the Space Generation Advisory Council's (SGAC) Space Exploration Project Group (SEPG), who is currently raising funds for the mission on Indiegogo.

It will be a two-week mission where a crew of six analogue astronauts will conduct and record their experiences and scientific research in the newly built the M.A.R.S. Laboratory habitat near Rzepiennik Biskupi, Poland. The mission will be complete with a time-delayed link with the offices of ABM Space in Torun, Poland, where 30 international students and young professionals will act as the Flight Support Team (FST) in the PMAS 2017 Mission Support Centre (MSC).

The mission will also include a 3-day lunar simulation in partnership with ESA to mimic the potential future plans of not only returning to the Moon alone, but using a Moon base as testbed for future Mars exploration.

Sebastian Hettrich, PMAS 2017 Mission Director, noted "The advantage of the Moon is that it a) is close enough to Earth to enable a quick return of the astronauts within only a few days at any time of the year and b) there is almost no delay in the communications. These two factors are what makes a Mars mission more difficult and risky, and we first need to learn again how to walk before we can start to run and jump."

PMAS 2017 aims not only to address the "big questions" but also to achieve some more immediate scientific goals like conducting research on topics including human-robotic interaction, field work operations, the psychological effects of isolation, plant growth on simulated Martian soil, and telescope-based astronomy.

Mina Talka, the Media and Outreach Coordinator for the mission, says "PMAS 2017 represents planet Earth, it represents humanity. Our team members come from every habitable continent and from over 30 countries around the globe. There are no boundaries in space! PMAS will certainly help us understand and tackle issues arising from deep-space exploration, but most importantly, it will help us change how we think about humanity and about human space exploration."

Contribute to the campaign on Indiegogo and follow the project on social media: FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


A4H Member to Participate in Poland Mars Analogue Simulation 2017


One of our own A4H members, Iñigo Muñoz Elorza, will be participating in the upcoming Poland Mars Analog Simulation 2017, organized by the Space Generation Advisory Council's (SGAC) Space Exploration Project Group (SEPG), who is currently raising funds for the mission on Indiegogo.

It will be a two-week mission where a crew of six analogue astronauts will conduct and record their experiences and scientific research in the newly built the M.A.R.S. Laboratory habitat near Rzepiennik Biskupi, Poland. The mission will be complete with a time-delayed link with the offices of ABM Space in Torun, Poland, where 30 international students and young professionals will act as the Flight Support Team (FST) in the PMAS 2017 Mission Support Centre (MSC).

The mission will also include a 3-day lunar simulation in partnership with ESA to mimic the potential future plans of not only returning to the Moon alone, but using a Moon base as testbed for future Mars exploration.

Sebastian Hettrich, PMAS 2017 Mission Director, noted "The advantage of the Moon is that it a) is close enough to Earth to enable a quick return of the astronauts within only a few days at any time of the year and b) there is almost no delay in the communications. These two factors are what makes a Mars mission more difficult and risky, and we first need to learn again how to walk before we can start to run and jump."

PMAS 2017 aims not only to address the "big questions" but also to achieve some more immediate scientific goals like conducting research on topics including human-robotic interaction, field work operations, the psychological effects of isolation, plant growth on simulated Martian soil, and telescope-based astronomy.

Mina Talka, the Media and Outreach Coordinator for the mission, says "PMAS 2017 represents planet Earth, it represents humanity. Our team members come from every habitable continent and from over 30 countries around the globe. There are no boundaries in space! PMAS will certainly help us understand and tackle issues arising from deep-space exploration, but most importantly, it will help us change how we think about humanity and about human space exploration."

Contribute to the campaign on Indiegogo and follow the project on social media: FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


05 May 2016

The First National Astronaut Day

Today, May 5, 2016, marks the first celebration of the NEW National Astronaut Day, created by marketing and management firm Uniphi Space Agency, who represents and arranges travel for astronauts to special events like keynote presentations, book signings, corporate and private events, conferences, and more.

Uniphi celebrated with an online proclamation of National Astronaut Day and an global social media celebration where astronauts, other space industry professionals, and space enthusiasts all came together to discuss their love for space, using the hashtags #NationalAstronautDay and #WeBelieveInAstronauts.


So, what is an astronaut?

According to Google, an astronaut is "a person who is trained to travel in a spacecraft."



Dictionary.com says "a person engaged in or trained for spaceflight," and Merriam-Webster defines it in full as "a person who travels beyond the earth's atmosphere; also: a trainee for spaceflight."

Astronauts have long been - and continue to be - heroes for children and adults alike. Space is truly the final frontier and many dream of exploring it, whether it's a trip back to the Moon, forming the first human colony on Mars, or further out to the edge of the solar system, the Oort cloud, interstellar space, and beyond.

In today's Digital Age, people have more access to astronauts then ever before. Many, if not most, astronauts are very active on social media, especially twitter and instagram. In fact, now-retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly became one of those most popular people on instagram during his #YearInSpace, where he tweeted stunning pictures of the Earth the International Space Station as well as photos of himself and the ISS crew performing scientific experiments, collecting data, and having fun.

He popularized the hashtag #EarthArt which he used on carefully timed pictures of some of the Earth's most stunning structures and wonders, like this one of Africa:



Here at Astronauts4Hire, we are proud to have have helped many of our members find opportunities in the space industry and in STEM fields that are helping prepare them to take on the commercial space industry with new technology, scientific payloads, and spaceflight training.

We do this by connecting them with online resources, training facilities like The NASTAR Center, and most importantly, each other. There are no better examples of our members' successes than the multiple experiments, projects, and organizations that have flourished from their creativity, collaboration, and ambition.

Astronauts4Hire is currently undergoing a bit of a redesign. We're trying to find even more ways to connect our members with each other and with opportunities that support their goals of working in the commercial space industry.

In the meantime, follow us on facebook and twitter for the latest news from our members and from the space industry.