By Marta Ferran Marqués - Crew Scientist & Media Officer
Firstly, I would like to understand how a low gravity environment can affect additive manufacturing (AM). AM can help to greatly lower the cost of commercial space activities by continuing to drive the development of advanced materials, including metal replacement, high- performance polymers and composites. I would also like to grow some plants in the harsh soil of Mars. If humans are to live on Mars, they will need a stable supply of food. Temperatures in Mars may reach a high of about 68⁰F at noon, and a low of about -100⁰F at night. New materials for astronaut’s EVAs suits are needed to withstand these extreme temperatures and to be resistant to abrasion. Teflon and Orthofabric are two of the materials proposed by NASA and I would like to study how these are affected by the Martian environment.
Secondly, as the social media officer, I am planning to write a diary everyday in which I will explain first our objectives, then, everyday success and failure and finally the achievements accomplished in these two weeks. As a group we have thought it may be interesting to upload a video talking about one topic every day: Geology, Physics, Astronomy, Biology and Engineering. The objective of social media posts is to encourage girls and boys around the world to pursue their dreams and make more people aware of the astronaut career. The number of women in aerospace is still very low due to the lack of not just confidence but also knowledge. There are no books on how a woman feels in space, how much they need to eat to survive or even on how they deal with their menstruation.