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Space Cafe Radio Frontiers – CAMoes Special – with Dr Ana Pires

Dr Ana Pires after the end of the mission in the cave; credits: SpaceWatch.Global

In this Space Café Radio Frontier episode, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Dr. Ana Pires, a geosciences researcher at the Centre for Robotics and Autonomous Systems|CRAS in INESCTEC, Portugal, and the Co-Lead of CAMões Crew Zero.

Ana works with land-based and water robotics discovery technologies. She has over 15 years of experience in geosciences and geoengineering experimentation. She supported CAMões geotechnical and geo-technologies research, publications, and high-impact communication on science outcomes.

This seven-day space research analog took place in the Natal Cave on Terceira Island in November 2023. Seven crew members spend six nights and seven days in this lava tube cave, the first people to overnight in this environment. They hail from five countries, speak eight languages, and represent over 11 disciplines!

Leveraging the unique features and biodiversity of Natal Cave in a scientific and research context, this first team carried out approved, environmentally respectful, multisectoral longitudinal studies and investigations. They set the foundation for future missions and carry out geophysical, microbiological, climate, and human performance research.

The CAMões Mission was hosted by Azores-based nonprofit partner Os Montanheiros!

Camoes team after the end of the mission; Credits: SpaceWatch.Global

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