Italian Mars Society
F. Carbognani, membro dell’Italian Mars Society, guiderà la Crew 102 della MDRS F. Carbognani, membro dell’Italian Mars Society, guiderà la Crew 102 della MDRS
L’equipaggio 102 (26 marzo – 9 aprile) della Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), la stazione di ricerca Mars Analog situata nel deserto dello Utah,... F. Carbognani, membro dell’Italian Mars Society, guiderà la Crew 102 della MDRS

L’equipaggio 102 (26 marzo – 9 aprile) della Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), la stazione di ricerca Mars Analog situata nel deserto dello Utah, sarà capeggiata da Franco Carbognani, membro dell’Italian Mars Society, e da Lara Vimercati.
Entrata in funzione il 7 febbraio 2002, la Mars Desert Research Station è la simulazione di una base marziana realizzata per studiare le problematiche legate alla sopravvivenza dei primi esploratori sul Pianeta Rosso. La base è costituita da un modulo abitativo o “hab” – un cilindro di otto metri di diametro suddiviso all’interno in due piani – un osservatorio astronomico ed un modulo serra.

Franco Carbognani is currently Head of Interferometer Operation Department at the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) di Pisa. There he is supporting the Virgo Project aimed at the detection of gravitational wave signals from cosmic sources.
He holds an MSc with double Major in EECS (Information Technology/Hardware Engineering) from the University of Bologna and CEFRIEL Research Center in Milan.
Franco professional experience focus on the areas of Control Software, Software Engineering and System Level Design both within large international companies and research institutions.
Scientific Project: definition and implementation of a Monitoring and Alarm System for the whole MDRS Station. The System will warn the crew team members in case of problems via dedicated graphical interfaces and audible/visible alarms. Such user interfaces will be web based to allow for remote monitoring.

Lara Vimercati pursued a Major in Biology while in college. She initiated her path towards space science through an internship at the Australian Center for Astrobiology. She worked for 9 months in 2009 in a collaboration between SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center: she focused on UV radiation resistant halophiles which were flown into space on the Biopan experiment. After this internship she received a Master’s Degree in Advanced Biology.
She is currently involved in a Plantary Biology Internship at Nasa Ames Research Center where she is focusing on the existing connection of Dessication and UV radiation resistance in cryptoendolythic Cyanobacteria.
Scientific project: biology experiments focusing on detecting the presence of endolithic cyanobacteria contamination around the hab using specific kits able to detect those organism presence. Those experiments fits well with the recent planetary protection issue that is being given much importance lately for future space missions.

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