Nov 2, 2021

MDRS Crew 261 Mars Analog Experiments — James L. Burk — 2021 Mars Society Virtual Convention

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James L. Burk.
Commander, MDRS Crew 261.
Executive Officer, MDRS Crew 197.
Director of IT & MarsVR, The Mars Society.
Former Senior Technical Project Manager, Microsoft.

Track Code: AM-2

James Burk will be the commander of MDRS Crew 261 composed of professional analog astronauts from the US, Canada, France and Belgium. As part of the preparation for MDRS Crew 261 (Dec 2021), our crew held a call for experiments across the space analog science community. We selected 10 experiments which run the gamut of the disciplines of medicine, chemisty, biology, robotics, sociology, psychology and human factors challenges for a human Mars mission. James will present our roster of experiments and our plan for executing them during our mission in December.

From the 24th Annual International Mars Society Convention, held as a Virtual Convention worldwide on the Internet from October 14–17, 2021. The four-day International Mars Society Convention, held every year since 1,998 brings together leading scientists, engineers, aerospace industry representatives, government policymakers and journalists to talk about the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances and political-economic developments that could help pave the way for a human mission to the planet Mars.

Conference Papers and some presentations will be available on

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