Upcoming Boston NSS Events
Thursday, April 1, 1999 - 7:30 p.m.
Mars Needs Women!
Biological and Cultural Colonization in Science, Fiction and Fact
by Dr. Athena Andreadis
Mars is all the rage today, between Zubrin's "Mars Direct"
plan, the efforts to determine if there's underground water
and hence life, and the unavoidable question of whether we
could or should settle there.
I'll tackle the Mars questions from an "outsider" position
(not an American, not an engineer, not a man, though still
a scientist and in favor of space exploration) and will
touch upon the following topics:
1. What's the importance of finding life on Mars?
If there's still life on Mars, even of the most primitive
kind, are we justified in displacing it or contaminating
it with our own genomes?
2. Should we terraform Mars to suit our needs?
Is this a perogative of the human spirit, or are we
re-enacting a space version of Manifest Destiny?
3. Who gets to go and, more importantly, who gets to
stay there long-term? And what concessions will the settlers
have to make to accommodate themselves to their new home?
Dr. Athena Andreadis is an Assistant Professor of Neurology in
the Shriver Center for Mental Retardation (an affiliate of
Dr. Andreadis is the author of To Seek Out New Life:
The Biology of Star Trek. The Boston NSS will be
selling her book and Dr. Andreadis will be signing
it for those in attendance.
Co-sponsored by the New England Chapter of The Mars Society: