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Laura Lark: “Mission to Mars” | Talks at Google

Former NYC Googler, Laura Lark, served as one of six crew members participating in the fifth HI-SEAS (Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) mission, a research designed to study human behavior and performance, helping NASA determine the individual and team requirements for long-duration space exploration missions—including travel to Mars. Lark lived for eight months as an astronaut, only stepping outside of the HI-SEAS habitat to carry out geological research wearing a mock space suit.

“My technical background has already been useful in stabilizing our communications systems with Mission Support, but the other skills I picked up as a member of teams at Google and before may prove equally useful: how to troubleshoot, creative problem-solving, how to work with a large team (especially one dispersed geographically) to accomplish something very complex.”

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