Q&A - Deep space exploration with Mary Lynne Dittmar

Q&A with Mary Lynne Dittmar from the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

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Deep space is the next frontier in human exploration, as NASA reaches beyond the International Space Station to Mars and across our solar system. This presents many challenges, known and unknown, some of which are being studied in the microgravity conditions aboard ISS.

To find out more about this, I spoke to Mary Lynne Dittmar, a 25-year veteran of the space industry and leader of the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration. I asked her about the microgravity conditions in deep space and the challenges this presents.

Ben Johnson

Head of Communities & Engagement, Springer Nature

I gained my first degree in virology from the University of Warwick and a PhD in influenza virus immune evasion from Public Health England and the University of Reading, UK. My research interests then moved on to smallpox vaccines, viral ion channels, and cell adhesion, while a postdoc at Imperial College London. I joined open access publisher BioMed Central in 2011 as an Acquisitions Editor and then Associate Publisher, and was responsible for launching new journals, including Microbiome, Zoological Letters, and Movement Ecology. I have been Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature since 2016, running our online community blogs, and a Consulting Editor at Nature Medicine since June 2020, handling COVID-19 papers. I am based in our London office.

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