A Family Expedition to the Red Planet

Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto, National Space Society Projects and Events Coordinator for Chapters is on a mission. A mock mission to Mars, that is. Veronica Ann, along with her children, manned the MDRS, Mars Desert Research Station analogue, in Utah. Veronica Ann, who is also the founder and current President of the Phoenix Chapter of NSS, served as commander (CDR) during the mission and took time from her busy schedule on Mars to send reports to other Spacers around the globe. “By the F.L.A.M.E. (Family Living Analysis on Mars Expedition) Crew’s efforts we hope to give a renewed enthusiasm for human exploration. With a predetermined destination we embark on a voyage in which we hope to inspire our children and others to reach as far as they can, for exploration is the act of searching for the purpose of discovery. Exploration challenges us. Have you felt challenged lately? If not, what can you do to be a part of the wonders of space exploration?”