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LaTasha Taylor
MDRS Spaceward Bound Crew 52

My fascination with Astrobiology began during my sophomore year as an undergraduate student at Tennessee State University. Shortly after my introduction to this new and exciting field, in the form of a research opportunity funded by NASA, I began my journey in "astrobiotechnology" - applying technology to the questions of astrobiology. One of the most rewarding aspects of astrobiotechnology is the interdisciplinary environment that is formed as a result of bridging the gap between science and technology.

My current research, as a graduate student in the Science and Technical Communication department at the University of Washington, focuses on the development of tools using various Usability Engineering principles. The skills I have acquired in User Interface Design and Human Computer Interaction will prove beneficial in the planning and execution required during the transition from robotic rovers to human exploration.  


This opportunity is brought to you by the
NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD)
in partnership with
Mars Society,
NASA Explorer Schools,
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS),
National Society of Black Engineers - Space Special Interest Group (NSBE - Space),
Space Generation.

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Last Updated: June 2011