Now in its sixth year, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) is set to begin its next mission with the most international crew in the history of the research project.
The four astronaut-like Mission VI crewmembers hail from Australia, Korea, Scotland and Slovakia. At approximately 5 p.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time (HST) on Thursday, February 15, they will enter a geodesic dome habitat atop Mauna Loa on the island of Hawai‘i as part of an eight-month research study of human behavior and performance. The NASA-funded project aims to help determine the individual and team requirements for long-duration space exploration missions, including travel to Mars.
Sukjin Han, Crew Commander (CDR)
Blog address: https://sites.google.com/site/sukjinhanwebpage/
Sukjin Han is an assistant professor in economics at University of Texas at Austin, specializing in econometrics. His research mainly focuses on developing statistical methods to evaluate causal effects of treatments or interventions, such as medical interventions, social programs, or economic policies. He is particularly interested in settings where treatments are endogenously determined by agents in the system, due to the optimization and interaction of the agents.
Sukjin earned a Ph.D. in economics at Yale, and B.A. at Seoul National University. As a Korean, he served in the Korean military for two years in college. As a devotee of art and architecture, he seeks for creative interdisciplinary between art/design and statistics/mathematics, which ranges from conducting economic analyses of artistic products to exploring design solutions of mathematical concepts.
In one of his recent projects, Sukjin designed architectural models that invoke the experience of awe via dimensional shifts, similar to the experience astronauts may have in space. “Space travel is my childhood dream and contributing to human space exploration is my passion.”
Sukjin enjoys drawing, taking photographs, playing tennis and dancing salsa.
Michaela Musilova, Science Officer (SCI)
Michaela Musilova is an astrobiologist with a research focus on life in extreme environments (extremophiles). Michaela has a PhD degree from the University of Bristol (UK) and she studied and conducted research at University College London (UK), the California Institute of Technology (USA), Chiba University (Japan) and others.
She is also a graduate from the International Space University (ISU)’s Space Studies Program, 2015. Michaela’s astrobiology and space research experience includes: working on astrobiology and planetary protection research projects at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; simulating lunar and planetary surfaces through NASA’s and the UK Space Agency’s MoonLite project; searching for exoplanets at the University of London Observatory; and being an analogue astronaut at the Mars Desert Research Station, USA (2014 &2017).
Michaela has received numerous prizes and grants, including the Emerging Space Leaders Grant from the International Astronautical Federation (2016); Women in Aerospace – Europe Student & Young Professional Award (2016) and she was selected as one of the most promising 30 under 30 by Forbes Slovakia (2015). Michaela is actively involved in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, as a patron of the programme in Slovakia and an Emerging Leader Representative for Europe, Mediterranean and Arab states.
She is currently the Chair of the Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA), a visiting professor at the Slovak Technical University, a lecturer for ISU and the Masaryk University (Czech Republic), and a senior research adviser for Mission Control Space Services Inc.
Michaela also enjoys participating in STEAM outreach activities from teaching at schools, giving public presentations, to working with the media and more, as well as encouraging people to pursue their dreams.
Calum Hervieu, Engineering Officer (ENG)
Calum Hervieu is an astrophysicist and systems engineer, who grew up in rural Scotland. He graduated with a Master’s degree in Astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh, with a thesis focusing on an alternate formation theory of ‘Hot’ Jupiter planets in multi-planetary systems.
He went on to complete a 2nd level Masters specializing in Space Exploration and Development Systems (SEEDS) at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Here, he served as the project manager of a 20-strong multi-national team for a feasibility study focusing on utilising the Moon’s natural resources to aid future human exploration of space.
During this time, he lived in Italy, France, the Netherlands and the UK. He received the Politecnico di Torino’s ‘Award for Excellence’ allowing him to travel to Australia to present a part of the team’s work focusing on lunar in-situ resource utilisation at the International Astronautical Congress, 2017.
Prior to joining HI-SEAS Mission VI Calum was part of the Spaceship EAC initiative at ESA’s European Astronaut Centre, Germany, where he was working to develop goals and best practices for future human and robotic missions to the lunar surface. He’s most excited to explore the volcanic regions around his new Martian home!
Outside of academia Calum’s biggest passions are exploring the outdoors and endurance sports such as running, cycling and swimming. He is a keen pianist and enjoys giving outreach talks on space exploration.
Lisa Stojanovski, Mission Specialist Communications (MSCOMM)
Blog address: http://lisastojanovski.com/
Lisa Stojanovski is a professional science communicator passionate about making humanity a spacefaring civilisation. In 2017, Lisa toured remote and regional Australia with the Shell Questacon Science Circus to earn a Master of Science Communication Outreach. Lisa creates content for the live web show TMRO, while managing the Australian chapter of the Space Generation Advisory Council.
Lisa is a nominee of The Mars Generation 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators In STEAM and Space Awards, and a recipient of the International Astronautical Federation Emerging Space Leader grant for 2016.
She is a graduate of International Space University, and designed Martian greenhouse atmospheres with NASA researcher Dr Christopher McKay. In 2015, she completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) focusing on torpor hibernation in mice, and majored in molecular biology/biochemistry.
In her spare time, Lisa is practicing ukulele, visiting Disneyland or experimenting with recipes to cook on Mars.