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Friday March 22, 2024 at 11:26

Jennifer García Carrizo participates in a space simulation

Jennifer García Carrizo participates in a space simulation Jennifer García Carrizo participates in a space simulation

The postdoctoral researcher 'Juan de la Cierva' from the URJC has been selected to be part of a simulated mission on Mars. The project will be carried out between February 2 and 15, 2025 in the Mart Desert Research Station (MDRS).

Ramon Machuca

During the mission, the Research 'Hypatia's Circular Odyssey: Tracing the sustainable path of the Hypatia II Mission' will be developed, which will result in an interactive and immersive product that will explore waste and resource management during the mission. 'Hypatia II'. Thus, the sustainable path of different types of waste and resources will be delved into, from a circular economy perspective. All this highlighting the active role of the crew, promoting personal commitment to sustainability, both in simulated space missions and in daily life on our planet. This project has the support of XR COM LAB from the URJC, which will provide the necessary materials for the development of the proposal.

The next analog astronaut, that is, simulated, affirms that the reality of the experience is one of the things that has impressed her the most, going so far as to state that: “I really approach it as if I were going to Mars.” In this sense, the researcher shows her desire to see what life is like on another planet, “we are going to be isolated and eat dehydrated food.”

Jennifer García Carrizo completed her bachelor's degree in Technological and Health Sciences. Later, she studied Advertising and Public Relations at the Complutense University of Madrid, where she also did a master's degree in Audiovisual Communication. She is currently working in the Immersive Communication laboratory (XR COM LAB) at the Rey Juan Carlos University. García has always studied in public education and affirms that: “no matter where or what you have studied, you will always have a place.”

The 'Hypatia II' crew is made up of 8 other analogue astronauts of different ages and scientific disciplines, led by Commander Ariadna Farrés Basiana, a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in the United States, from where she has participated in the launch of the James Webb telescope.

“Space has to be democratized”

The objectives of the 'Hypatia II' mission are to promote research projects of excellence and test strategies and action protocols in conditions of simulation and isolation, as well as to develop dissemination activities and make visible contemporary women scientists, of different ages and at different stages. of her professional career to inspire vocations, especially among girls and young people. “Only 11% of the people in the space race are women, it is time to change that,” García highlights.

Another characteristic of this mission is that it reserves a place on its crew for people who are dedicated to the Social Sciences. In 'Hypatia II' that place will be occupied by Jennifer who values ​​the importance of the message that this fact transmits to society, "there is a space for these disciplines, the space has to be democratized."

Regarding the future, the Leonese researcher emphasizes that she will continue working at the URJC with the aim of, through immersive technologies, improving citizen participation in the scientific community.