Mars One

Mission Advisory Board

The Advisers are industry and scientific experts who bring real-world experience to Mars One. Their input and guidance are imperative to the short- and long-term success in establishing a settlement on Mars.

Dr. Mason Peck (USA)

Dr. Mason Peck (USA)

Dr. Mason Peck is a professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University and served as NASA’s Chief Technologist from late 2011 through 2013. He previously held positions at Honeywell, Boeing, and Bell Helicopter.

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Peter Smith (USA)

Peter Smith (USA)

Dr. Peter Smith is a Professor Emeritus of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona where he held the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair of Integrated Science. His career spans 4 decades during which he has participated in many of the space missions to various planets in the solar system. Combining a background in optical sciences with a deep interest in geology and planetary atmospheres, Dr. Smith has contributed to cameras that have flown to Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Titan.

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Rick Liebling (USA)

Rick Liebling (USA)

Rick Liebling is the Creative Culturalist for Y&R Advertising in New York. In this role, he works across multiple teams and disciplines to help clients understand the changing nature of consumer behavior and the ways in which brands and consumers create and interact with culture. Rick has more than a decade of experience working with some of the most recognizable global brands, helping to develop and execute marketing strategies for the likes of MasterCard, Gillette, Sony Ericsson, Verizon, General Mills and Diageo.

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Dr. Peter Mani (Switzerland)

Dr. Peter Mani (Switzerland)

Dr. Peter Mani is CEO of tecrisk GmbH in Switzerland specialized on scientific technical risk analysis, Project Risk Management, and consulting and risk analysis for high containment facilities. He held leading positions in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Electromagnetic Compatibility and in Biosafety. He was a member of the ESA Planetary Protection Working Group, the International Mars Architecture for Return of Samples, the International Mars Exploration Working Group and the ESA Sample Return Study Group.

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Terry Gamber (USA)

Terry Gamber (USA)

Terry Gamber has been involved in space exploration projects for over 50 years with primary emphasis on Mars science missions. He has rich experience in handling several engineering challenges. Most recently, Gamber worked on the successful JUNO proposal that is enroute to Jupiter. He led the trade studies to select the double Earth gravity assist as opposed to risky high heating with a Venus gravity assist.

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Gautam Hariharan (India)

Gautam Hariharan (India)

Gautam Hariharan, is an entrepreneur involved in cutting edge technology projects in the area of Space, Aviation, Maritime applications, Satellite communication and Defense R&D for the past several years. As a Director of Grintex, he is currently involved in India's Space Based Augmentation System (SBAS) Program and other cutting edge Aerospace & Defense technologies. Gautam has been associated with world leaders in aerospace technology viz. Thales, Raytheon, SAAB etc for the past several years.

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K.R. Sridhara Murthi (India)

K.R. Sridhara Murthi (India)

Mr. Murthi is an expert in space law and policy. At international level, he serves International Institute of Space Law as one of its Vice Presidents. He is currently adjunct faculty at National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India and also an adjunct professor at Jain University. In 2011 he held a position in the Office of Adviser to India's Prime Minister as Senior Expert on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations in India. 

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Vladas Lašas, PhD (Lithuania)

Vladas Lašas, PhD (Lithuania)

Dr. Vladas Lašas is a Lithuanian entrepreneur and science and technology enthusiast, who lectured on and researched Computer Vision at Kaunas University of Technology. Vladas was an Honouree of 2012 Oslo Business for Peace Awards, given by an independent committee of Nobel Laureates. This is the highest form of recognition given to individual business leaders for fostering peace and stability through creating shared value between business and society.

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Esther Dyson (USA)

Esther Dyson (USA)

Esther Dyson is an angel investor and chairman of EDventure Holdings. Her primary activity is investing in and nurturing start-ups, with a recent focus on aerospace, health care and human capital. After her training as backup cosmonaut to Charles Simonyi- two-time space tourist, she joined the NASA Advisory Council for two years as chairman of its Technology and Innovation Committee. Currently, in addition to her role as a director of Golden Spike, she sits on the board of XCOR Aerospace, where she was an early investor.

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James W. Rice, PhD (USA)

James W. Rice, PhD (USA)

Dr. James W. Rice, is an Astrogeologist with over 25 years of research experience specializing on the surface geology and history of water on Mars. His career includes working for NASA, Astrogeology Headquarters of the United States Geological Survey, the Mars Spaceflight Facility located at Arizona State University and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory located at the University of Arizona. Dr. Rice is a Co-Investigator on the Mars Exploration Rover Project (Spirit and Opportunity).

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Prof. Takeshi Naganuma, PhD (Japan)

Prof. Takeshi Naganuma, PhD (Japan)

Prof. Takeshi Naganuma received a M.Sc. in Microbiology and PhD in Microbial Ecology from University of Tsukuba in 1986 and 1989. He is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University since 1994. He is also a Visiting Researcher in the National Institute of Polar Research of Japan since 2005 and a Visiting Researcher of the Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo since 2001.

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Prof. Leo F.M. Marcelis, PhD (NL)

Prof. Leo F.M. Marcelis, PhD (NL)

Prof. Marcelis is professor in Crop Production in Low-Energy Greenhouses at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He is leading the research team Crop Management, Physiology and Modelling of Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture, a research unit of 120 researchers within Wageningen UR that focusses on innovation in protected cultivation. He has over 25 years of experience in experimental and simulation research on plant growth in controlled environments such as greenhouses and climate rooms. He has (co-) authored more than 120 scientific articles.

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Dennis Chamberland (USA)

Dennis Chamberland (USA)

Dennis Chamberland has been a NASA engineer and aquanaut with experience in the design and application of advanced life support systems considered for Moon and Mars bases. He is the design engineer and served as the Mission Commander of the Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station – an undersea habitat utilized for tests of advanced life support system components on the seafloor off Key Largo, Florida.

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Günther Reitz, PhD (Germany)

Günther Reitz, PhD (Germany)

Dr. Günther Reitz is the head of the department of Radiation Biology of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine of the German Aerospace Center. He received his Diploma in Physics and Thesis in Biophysics at the University in Frankfurt. The prime objective of his work comprises research on the radiation field in space especially for manned missions and its biological effects with the goal to provide an accurate assessment of the radiation exposures of astronauts to recommend radiation protection measures which pave the way to other planets.

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Prof. Stefano Stramigioli, M.Sc., PhD (IT / NL)

Prof. Stefano Stramigioli, M.Sc., PhD (IT / NL)

Stefano Stramigioli received both his M.Sc. degree (in 1992) and his PhD degree (in 1998) with honors (cum laude). Between the two degrees he worked as a researcher at the University of Twente. He has been faculty member since 1998 and is currently full professor of Advanced Robotics and chair holder of the Robotics and Mechatronics group at the University of Twente. He has more than 150 publications, including 4 books, book chapters, journal and conference contributions.

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Jamie Guined, M.Ed., MBA (USA)

Jamie Guined, M.Ed., MBA (USA)

Jamie Guined currently serves as an Exercise Scientist with the University of Houston supporting the Neurosciences Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center.As an Exercise Scientist, she supports human performance testing and research related to spaceflight and spaceflight countermeasures. Jamie previously served as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and Medical Fitness Director at a regional hospital where she worked with patients and clients at every stage along the wellness spectrum.

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James R. Kass, PhD (Canada)

James R. Kass, PhD (Canada)

Dr. Kass has been working in the field of human spaceflight for more than 30 years. He started his studies in the field of physics gaining a BSc, MS, and PhD in physics (Canada, USA, and England) inspired by the first ventures of humans into space in the 60's. He was an investigator, part of the European scientific team, on the first Spacelab mission in the early 80's in the field of neurophysiology. In the decade following, he gained industrial experience at several aerospace companies in Germany, before joining the European Space Agency at its research and technology centre, ESTEC, in the Netherlands.

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Prof. John W. Traphagan, PhD (USA)

Prof. John W. Traphagan, PhD (USA)

Dr. John W. Traphagan is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Centennial Commission in the Liberal Arts Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Traphagan’s research interests revolve around the intersection between culture and science and he has explored issues such as the cultural construction of illness in Japan, concepts of autonomy in biomedical ethics, and the relationship between culture, religion, and science in the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence. 

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Prof. John D. Rummel, PhD (USA)

Prof. John D. Rummel, PhD (USA)

Dr. John D. Rummel is the Director of East Carolina University’s (ECU’s) Institute for Coastal Science and Policy. After beginning with NASA as a postdoc at the Ames Research Center in California, he went on to serve twice with NASA in Washington, D.C.—from 1986 to 1993 as (among other things) Exobiology Program Manager and Manager, Life Support Systems Integration, and from 1987 to 1993 and 1998 to 2006 as NASA’s Planetary Protection Officer. In addition, from 2006 to 2008 he was NASA’s Senior Scientist for Astrobiology, responsible for all of NASA’s efforts in astrobiology.

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Prof. Thais Russomano, M.D., PhD (Brazil)

Prof. Thais Russomano, M.D., PhD (Brazil)

Prof. Thais Russomano has over 20 years experience in Aerospace Medicine, Space Physiology and Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, and Telemedicine & eHealth research and development. She has participated in two parabolic flights campaigns, investigating CPR performance in microgravity and the validation of a device for the safe collection of arterialized blood in space. Her research includes studies related to space motion sickness, microgravity, hypogravity and hypergravity simulations, and the use of Lower Body Negative Pressure boxes, having developed the first LBNP box in Brazil. 

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Prof. Raye Kass, PhD (Canada)

Prof. Raye Kass, PhD (Canada)

Prof. Dr. Raye Kass, Professor of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, currently spearheads group theory courses in both the undergraduate and graduate level. Known for her contemporary, cutting edge, and timely research style and results, Dr. Kass has been highlighted frequently by both national and international press agencies for both her space sciences and group theory research. Dr. Kass has also been invited to be involved in numerous space research projects in conjunction with the Canadian Space Agency and NASA, including the Psychological Experiment / Training Programme for the CAPSULS Mission held in Canada, the SFINCCS mission held in Russia, and the NSBRI (National Space Biomedical Research Institute) Ground-based Research Project with the NASA Ames Research Centre in the USA.

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Steve Carsey (UK)

Steve Carsey (UK)

Steve Carsey is a UK television executive with a reputation for creating, developing and producing successful formatted entertainment, factual entertainment and event based programming for the international market – as well as overseeing and driving the management of the creative process for some of the UK’s most successful independent production companies.In a career spanning more than twenty years, Steve has been responsible for dozens of successful cross platform formats.

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Gino Ormeno, M.D. (Peru)

Gino Ormeno, M.D. (Peru)

Dr. Ormeno is an Aviation Medical Examiner with a 10 years experience in aviation and occupational physiological researches and aeronautical medical examinations. Dr. Ormeno has a background of multiple cooperative studies with NASA and directed assessment of impact on schedule changes and resulting fatigue of pilots and flight attendants for major South American airlines. Dr. Ormeno has a postgraduate degree in Aviation Medicine from Otago University, New Zealand.

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Brian Enke (USA)

Brian Enke (USA)

For over ten years, Brian Enke has researched Mars, lunar, and asteroid science as a Senior Space Research Analyst at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, USA. His research topics include hardware/software integration, artificial intelligence algorithms, simulations, image feature recognition, space mission planning, and the analysis and simplification of complex systems using the Deming Model.

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Tanja Masson-Zwaan, LLM (Netherlands)

Tanja Masson-Zwaan, LLM (Netherlands)

Tanja Masson-Zwaan is Deputy Director of the International Institute of Air and Space Law at Leiden University, where she teaches in the advanced Masters programme (LLM) in air and space law and she is President of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). Tanja carries out research and gives lectures on space law all over the world, advises national and international bodies on matters relating to space law, and attends the sessions of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS).

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Dr. Robert Zubrin (USA)

Dr. Robert Zubrin (USA)

Robert Zubrin is President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company located in Lakewood, Colorado. He is also the founder and President of the Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. Formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. 

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