Once upon a time I lived on Mars

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 18 February

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Suggested donation £10

Event description

In 2013, Kate Greene was second-in-command on NASA’s first simulated Mars mission. Living in an isolated geodesic dome for four months with her crewmates, she gained incredible insight into human behaviour in tight quarters.

Join Kate as she discusses how trying life out on Mars revealed humanity’s incredible impulse to explore while shining a light on how we live on Earth.

In this talk, explore what life was like 'on Mars', what makes an astronaut and the cost of shooting for Planet B.


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About the speaker

Kate Greene is an essayist, poet, journalist, and former laser physicist whose work has appeared in Aeon, Harvard Review, the New Yorker, The Economist, and WIRED, among others.

She was second-in command on the first simulated Mars mission for NASA’s HI-SEAS project.

She holds a BS in chemistry, an MS in physics and an MFA in poetry, and has taught writing at Columbia University, San Francisco State University, and the Tennessee Prison for Women. She lives in NYC.

Her latest book 'Once upon a time I lived in Mars'' is available now on Amazon and in all good book stores.


The live stream will go live at 6.55pm, and the introduction will begin at 7.00pm. If you register but miss the live stream, the video will be available to you via the same link for up to a week after the event date.

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