Amersfoort, 4th October 2012 - Mars One is pleased to welcome former NASA and JAXA crew selection and health expert Norbert Kraft as Medical Director.
Bas Lansdorp, co-founder and General Director or Mars One states, "In preparation of the selection and training of the astronauts that Mars One will send to Mars, we expand our team with a very capable Medical Director. Norbert has been on the Mars One advisory board for three months and he joins our team because his experience is instrumental in shaping a world wide selection procedure that will result in the best settlers for this unprecedented adventure."
Norbert Kraft, M.D., USA. Dr. Kraft received the 2010 Award for “Outstanding Accomplishments in the Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects of Aerospace Medicine”. He has over 17 years of experience in aviation and aerospace research and development. His primary area of expertise is developing physiological and psychological countermeasures to combat the negative effects of long-duration spaceflight. Dr. Kraft’s experiences span Europe, Asia, and the United States, where he has worked for several international space agencies, including NASA, the Russian Space Agency and the Japanese Space Agency.
Dr. Kraft completed a 110 day isolation chamber project as commander of an international mixed gender crew and a spaceflight simulation experiment in Moscow, Russia. "Through Mars One, the world will be given the chance to fulfill it’s space exploration dreams and to do something that has not been done since humans set foot on the moon. Mars One is going to provide an opportunity for scientists worldwide to work together and to achieve what previously has seemed impossible: to travel to Mars and to settle there. It is a privilege to join the Mars One team and I look forward to help this outstanding endeavor forward." states Norbert Kraft, Medical Director of Mars One.
After a year and half of research and planning, the Mars One website has been public for just four months and yet has enjoyed more than 800,000 unique visitors, more than 1000 inquiries for the astronaut training program (which does not go live until 2013), and a passionate Facebook following.
Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish permanent human life on Mars. Human settlement on Mars is possible today with existing technologies. Mars One’s mission plan integrates components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew thereon will captivate and inspire generations. It is this public interest that will help finance this human mission to Mars.