Welcome to the Mars Base Provenance!Dr. Pilar Hau
What I do on Mars
Over a hundred experiments are currently being performed on Provenance and it’s my job to make sure we’re asking the right questions. Even though we’ve been able to get humans to the Red Planet, there’s still so much we don’t know. Now that families have begun living on the surface of Mars, we’ve started experimenting with new ways for making Mars habitable for humans. As you might guess, that means we have lots of scientists on board attempting to solve many different questions.
Back when I was a kid living on Earth, I would frequently borrow my dad’s telescope to look at stars. We lived in a big city with too much light pollution so I had to bike into the woods just to see anything. I loved getting out of the city because it was there that the vast beauty of space revealed itself to me. My favorite place to observe was a large, treeless clearing covered in soft grass.
Sometimes I wouldn’t even set up the telescope, preferring instead to lay on the grass and stare into the night sky. But that night I was in the mood to explore. Most of my friends thought the only thing you could see through a telescope were a bunch of stars and the moon, but they just didn’t know where to look. Thanks to my dad, I had coordinates to find planets, meteors, galaxies, and, of course, any constellation you could imagine. I decided to start with something simple, the Big Dipper.
Of course, I could locate it easily enough without the coordinates but it was fun to watch the automatic tracker reposition the telescope to the exact position. Looking through the eyepiece, the stars that made up the constellation shone clearly and brightly. My eyes traced the familiar outline of the handle and cup when I noticed something unusual.
Suddenly, a bright streak of light cut through the constellation before disappearing into darkness. I knew from my dad that what I saw must have been a meteor! I had never before seen one though a telescope and was nearly breathless from excitement. Ever since that day, I’ve been fascinated by the many ways space can surprise you!
My Role Model
|What I Do||Director of all Mars research at the Provenance Base|
|Education||B.S. Astrogeophysics, Colgate University|
M.S., Space Studies, University of North Dakota
Ph.D., Planetary Science, University of Colorado
|Skills||Atmospheric Physics, Planetary Geology, Computer Programming, Astronomy|
Reading science fiction
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