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Living on Two Planets: Mars Time | Nagin Cox | TEDxBeaconStreet

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Living on Two Planets: Mars Time | Nagin Cox | TEDxBeaconStreet

We've often wondered about living in space; how would we breathe, eat, and move? But there are also logistic issues, like the fact that the Martian day is ~40 minutes longer than the Earth day. Scientists and engineers on Martian missions, even here on Earth, change their schedules to "live on Mars" for a few months at the start of every mission. What's it like to live on another planet? Watch Nagin to find out!

Nagin Cox is currently on the mission operations team for Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)- NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover. She graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering and a BA in Psychology and was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force. As a captain, she served as an Orbital Analyst at NORAD/Space Command in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs. In 1993, Nagin joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and has since served as a systems engineer and manager on multiple interplanetary robotic missions including NASA/JPL’s Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Exploration Rover Missions and the Kepler telescope mission to search for earth-like planets around other stars.

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