Spacefaring

Transcending to outer space beyond Earth's orbit

Monica Hernandez

Who is an Astronaut? Space Jobs in the Era of Frequent Space Travel

The frequency of space travel requires us to define and refer with greater precision the jobs needed in space over the following decades.

Monica Hernandez

The Thinker’s Sanctuary: Science Fiction for Space

There have been noticeable trends in science fiction. I want to share some initial thoughts in response to these space-related conversations. First, I define modern science fiction in its simplest terms as the artistic genre in literature, film, visual arts, music, and other aesthetic expressions, that addresses scientific advances of

Monica Hernandez

Round Pegs, Square Holes, And Human Behavior

Beyond survival, design thinking is at the core of our spacefaring experience, and it must become a mainstay of all conversations meant to empower us to do more in space.

Monica Hernandez

Intergalactic, Planetary, Planetary, Another Dimension… Life

The recent report from the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine explains the ongoing debate in astrobiology about the distinction between a planet's organic alien life or the evolution of organisms brought by crewed missions - i.e., forward biological contamination.

Monica Hernandez

What Space Can Teach Us About Representation and Robotics

Developing indigenous knowledge and regional expertise will harness the new space ecosystem.

Monica Hernandez

Reflections on Our Sustainability in Space

Space will increasingly demand us to extend beyond our limits and comfort zones. I wonder how humans and machines will evolve together?

Monica Hernandez

The Need for Investing in Space R&D and Testing

R&D and in-space testing are two integral components for reliable space technologies and systems. Thus, their need will only increase as our missions evolve.

Monica Hernandez

The Pursuit of Quantum Science and SETI

The applications that derive from quantum science and engineering will become increasingly relevant.