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MEDIA ALERT: Former astronaut to discuss human limits to exploring Mars at RMSC Wednesday, May 9

    RMSC’s Science on the Edge lecture series continues with Dr. James A. Pawelczyk, physiologist and former NASA astronaut



    The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lecture series provides insight into a broad array of topics, and provides an after-hours opportunity to explore the Museum’s three floors filled with 200 hands-on exhibits.

    Human Limits to Exploring the Red Planet presented by Dr. James A. Pawelczyk, physiologist and former NASA astronaut

    NASA’s Mars InSight mission launched last week on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars to study what lies beneath the surface of the Red Planet, and a human trip is planned in the late 2020s followed by landing operations in the 2030-2040 timeframe. As designed, these 30-month missions will expose humans to reduced loading; heavy, high-energy ionizing radiation; confinement, and environmental conditions far outside Earth’s boundary conditions. Are the physiological challenges survivable, and surmountable? The answers to these questions will require the thoughtful translation of laboratory science to the extraterrestrial environment, and sound engineering and policy decisions to support these efforts. Dr. Pawelczyk will highlight knowledge gaps and opportunities for human biologists to help reach the most audacious destination humankind has ever contemplated.



    Wednesday, May 9, 2018; 7:30 p.m.; Science Museum opens at 5:30 p.m.



    Rochester Museum & Science Museum, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14607; lecture takes place in the Strasenburgh Planetarium; Science Museum open to attendees prior to lecture



    Tickets to the Richard C. Shultz Science on the Edge lecture series are $10 for the general public; $8 for RMSC members; $6 for students through grade 12 and college students with ID; $5 for students who are RMSC members; and $2 for RMSC employees, docents, volunteers, and members of the Rochester Engineering Society. Seating is limited; pre-registration is encouraged at or by calling 585.697.1942.



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    Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) includes the Science Museum, Strasenburgh Planetarium and Cumming Nature Center. Offering experiences at the Museum with more than 200 interactive exhibits, Planetarium with a 65-foot dome and Nature Center on 900 acres, the RMSC stimulates community interest in exploration. In addition, the more than 1.2 million RMSC collection items tell the story of Rochester’s past and present, including its rich history of innovation and invention. RMSC receives major funding from Monroe County, where it is one of the top three most visited attractions serving children and families. For more information about RMSC, visit Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram