REPORT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII – After receiving more than 700 applications, a team of researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and Cornell University have selected six individuals to make up the crew of a simulated Mars mission intended to test new forms of food and food preparation strategies for deep-space travel.
- Oleg Abramov, a research space scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology branch in Flagstaff, Ariz.;
- Simon Engler, a scientific programmer specializing in robotics currently on an internship at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn.;
- Kate Greene, a science and technology journalist, amateur filmmaker and avid open-water swimmer who is a native of Kansas and currently resides in San Francisco, Calif.;
- Sian Proctor, a geology professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Ariz.;
- Yajaira Sierra-Sastre, a materials scientist and educator who resides in Ithaca, NY, and is currently working with disadvantaged school districts and communities in Puerto Rico; and
- Angelo Vermeulen, a biologist, space researcher and visual artist from Belgium.
- Yvonne Cagle, a NASA astronaut and family physician who is currently on faculty and serves as the NASA liaison for exploration and space development with Singularity University in California;
- Crystal Spring Haney, a small business owner, personal trainer and at-home mother of two from Kapolei, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i; and
- Chris Lowe, a space systems engineer from Southeast England who currently resides in Glasgow, Scotland.