A new short film investigates the challenges of sending human missions to Mars, a goal that many believe will facilitate the search for life on the Red Planet. DCO’s Claire Cousins, an astrobiologist and Royal Society of Edinburgh research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, UK, was interviewed in the film, which also uses video footage Cousins collected during her DCO-funded exploratory expedition to Disko Island, Greenland, in August 2013. The goal of the expedition was to investigate the isolated hot springs on the island, as well as to sample unusual basalts in the area.
The film, titled “The Next Giant Leap,” is a precursor to a longer movie produced by astrobiologists Euan Monaghan and Sophie Nixon, in collaboration with Marc Grundy of film production company Coolbox. For more information and updates about the films, follow the production team on Twitter (@Next_Giant_Leap) and Facebook.