Nothing alien about lockdown for this aspiring space explorer

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Nothing alien about lockdown for this aspiring space explorer

Adriana Marais is living in the Tsitsikamma forest as part of off-world experiments for life on Mars

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Theoretical physicist Adriana Marais, who has wanted to board a spaceship to Mars since she was five, was scouting for the best location to simulate life on another planet when the coronavirus struck Earth.

So Marais, who was one of 100 candidates selected for the now-stalled Mars One programme, went deep into the Tsitsikamma forest in the Eastern Cape to live in extremity. She is doing so as part of her series of off-world simulation experiments devised to demonstrate a community living in resource-constrained environments.

Last year, Marais established the Proudly Human movement, a step towards helping her achieve her dream of exploring life beyond Earth...

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