At the first eve of the upcoming AstroPlant hackathon we will listen to and be inspired by French scientist and space explorer Lucie Poulet. She will talk about her experiences during the HI-SEAS mission and the psychology of long duration missions to Mars. She will also explore the concept of growing plants in space, especially in a reduced gravity environment and will look into the future and name the most important challenges of Life-Support Systems for long-duration missions in the solar system.
Lucie Poulet holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering for Energy Production and Process from the National Polytechnique Institute of Lorraine (France) and a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University (USA). She has been working with regenerative life-support systems for over six years, with various groups, among others, the European Space Agency on the Micro-Ecological Life-Support System Alternative (MELiSSA) project and at designing greenhouse modules for space at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Bremen. She has participated in three Mars analog missions, twice two weeks in the Utah Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) and one NASA-funded four-month mission with the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS); in addition she has been involved in the support’s team for HI-SEAS 8- and 12-month missions. She currently works on her Doctorate Degree at the Institut Pascal (Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France), with a funding from CNES and CNRS, focusing on developing physical models to understand plant growth in reduced gravity environments. In her free time, Lucie enjoys running mountain trails, skiing, rock climbing, scuba diving, and flying small airplanes, as well as travelling and discovering new cultures.