MJ MARGGRAFF
A Dream Realized

A Dream Realized

As a pilot and presently a doctoral student, I have long been fascinated by space. Currently, I am researching issues on the impact of isolation on long-duration space flights and new tools to address isolation’s effects. There are many challenges astronauts face when trying to solve the ultimate question: Are we alone in the universe? Yet in the process of exploring that answer, the astronauts themselves experience extreme isolation. While…

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The Mars Dilemma

The Mars Dilemma

According to NASA administrator Robert M Lightfoot Jr., Mars remains the next great goal in space exploration. At a conference in Dublin, Lightfoot went on to say that “Right now we’re working on trying to get there in the 2030s, with crew. We’re building off what we’re doing in the International Space Station – we’re using that to do research on humans and the technologies we’ll need to go further into…

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Why We WILL Go To Mars

Why We WILL Go To Mars

Humankind is by nature curious, and that curiosity has led us far from home to explore new worlds. Making new discoveries means taking risks, but as Martin Buber says: “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” Nothing will be truer than our journey to go to Mars. Our exploration to our neighboring planet will lead us to discover not just a new world, but a better…

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From Star Struck to Space Games – How Childhood Dreams can fuel your Future and STEM Students’ too

From Star Struck to Space Games – How Childhood Dreams can fuel your Future and STEM Students’ too

I’ve been a stargazer since I was a kid. We all look up at the stars at night, but it’s how we feel about them that makes us different. For me, the stars are what made my dreams happen. Inside, I am still the kid on the front lawn of my parent’s house on a summer’s night, looking up with a smuggled (he would have said ‘no’) pair of my…

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Want to Help Your Stress?   Get a Charismatic Deviant

Want to Help Your Stress? Get a Charismatic Deviant

After my first semester as graduate researcher I am proud to present to you my most surprising discovery: charismatic deviants. It turns out that they are essential for our survival. This is as true for our life on Earth and, I propose, for space life too. The nature of my research is on isolation. My focus is how isolation impacts astronauts when confined inside a spaceship taking a very long…

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