Event Details

Journey to Mars

DATE: 16. October 2019
LOCATION: Multipurpose hall of Center Noordung in Vitanje
TIME: 12:00


Center Noordung invites you to lecture titled: The journey to Mars: The risks of long-duration human space exploration, and how we are overcoming them.

The lecture will be held by lecturer Dr. Kim Binsted (long-time researcher on artificial intelligence and long-term human existence in space) Long-term space travel, such as a journey to Mars, presents unique risk for human body and mind. Dr. Binsted will present her and other researcher’s findings in this field, with the help of of which can mitigate risks and enable long-term exploration of man in space. The research achievements of program HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) will be presented.

More about dr. Kim Binsted and her research work:

Kim Binsted received her BSc in Physics at McGill (1991), and her PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh (1996). Her thesis topic was the computational modeling and generation of punning riddles, and her program, JAPE (Joke Analysis and Production Engine), generated puns such as “What do you call a Martian who drinks beer? An ale-ien!”. She then went to Japan, where she conducted research at Sony’s Computer Science Laboratories on human-computer interfaces, and then started a company, I-Chara KK, which developed social software agents for mobile phones. In 2002, she joined the faculty of the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii, where she does research on artificial intelligence, human-computer interfaces, and long-duration human space exploration. In 2015, she received a MS in Planetary Geology, for attempting to characterize the deuterium-hydrogen ratio in the primitive Earth mantle.

Kim is a co-investigator at the UH-NASA Astrobiology Institute, which formed in late 2003. She was a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at Ames Research Center in 2003 and 2004, where she worked on sub-vocal speech recognition technology in the Neuroengineering Lab. She was Chief Scientist on the FMARS 2007 Long Duration Mission, a four-month Mars exploration analogue on Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic. In 2009, she spent her sabbatical as a visiting scientist at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), working on the CSA’s planetary analogues program. She spent the summers of 2016 and 2017 in Russia on a Fulbright Award. She is now the principal investigator for the NASA-funded HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) program, which conducts long-duration space exploration simulations at an isolated habitat on Mauna Loa. She is currently serving as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in Senator Whitehouse’s office in Washington, DC.

Lecture will be held in english language, without translator. After the lecture you can see current exhibitions from the field of space at the Noordung Center.

Attendance is FREE OF CHARGE.

The event is supported by Embassy of the United States of America in Slovenia.

Please send your applications to: or 040 300 052


The Herman Potočnik Noordung Center of space technologies
Center Noordung is dedicated to one of the pioneers of space science, Herman Potočnik Noordung. His 1929 book The Problem of Space Travel – the Rocket Engine was an inspiration to many scientists in the development of space technologies. Center Noordung is located in Vitanje. [_Read more_]