The Life, The Sea and The Space Viking Dr Chris MacKay talking about terraforming

Throughout October and November, the SETI Institute will release some of the short videos and trailers developed in house at the SETI Institute by our Designer of Experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun as part of the project The Life, the Sea and the Space Viking which deals with the contemporary debates on astrobiology and terraforming. Two areas of expertise developed at the SETI Institute by our world class scientists.

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THE LIFE, THE SEA AND THE SPACE VIKING// Dr Chris MacKay talking about terraforming

Here Chris McKay a research scientist from NASA Ames Research Centre expounds his interest in life on other planets, particularly Mars to Nelly.  Chris explains the nature of terraforming and the scientific and ethical problems that may arise.

Dr Chris McKay, NASA Ames Research Center

Dr, Chris McKay is a Senior Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. He holds as PHD in AstroGeophysics form the University of Colorado. His research focuses on the evolution of the solar system and the origin of life. He is actively involved in planning for future Mars missions including human exploration. Chris’s exploration has involved polar and desert research, traveling to the Antarctic Dry Valleys, the Atacama Desert, the Arctic, and the Namib Desert to conduct research in these Mars-like environments.

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