Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

What’s the real right stuff needed to overcome the practical physical and psychological challenges astronauts will face on a protracted voyage to—and their stay on—the planet Mars?

That question and others were addressed today at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Panel discussion

The May 24th event involved panelists:

Catherine “Cady” Coleman, Astronaut, NASA

Rudy deLeon, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Peter Juul, Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress

NASA space traveler

NASA astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman has accumulated 4,330 hours in space, bringing firsthand experience with long duration space travel to her current position in NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist.

NASA astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman. Credit: NASA

NASA astronaut Catherine “Cady” Coleman.
Credit: NASA

In addition to two space shuttle missions and a five and a half month stay aboard on the International Space Station, Coleman holds a Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and rose to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Air Force before retiring in 2009.

Watch the video

To video view today’s discussion on the practical steps America will need to take in order to send astronauts to Mars and other destinations beyond the Moon, go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDOiV6aN0OI

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