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FGCU Student Participates in "Expedition Gamma" at Mars Desert Research Station

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University student Brogan Hetrick was recently named chief engineer by Mars Society of Canada, in conjunction with Canada Space Agency and other industrial educational partners, to be third in command of the "Expedition Gamma" to learn and test techniques for manned exploration of Mars at Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.

Expedition Gamma is a two-week training and research mission which certifies new recruits for participation in future large-scale research expeditions, exposes researchers to the facilities and environment typically available in a Mars analog setting, and cross-trains participants in several areas including geology, biology, technology and operations as it pertains to human Mars exploration.

Hetrick, junior marketing major at FGCU, founded the Eagle Space Society, or ESS, a student education and space advocacy organization. Since its inception, ESS has collectively volunteered nearly 1,000 hours to help teach and promote science, particularly the space sciences, and other space related topics to school children and the local community. He also serves as supplemental instructor and tutor for the astronomy classes at FGCU.

Prior to attending FGCU, Hetrick spent six years living aboard submarines and operating nuclear reactors for the U.S. Navy.

The Whitaker Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics Education at FGCU partially sponsors Hetrick's trip to Utah. The two-week mission begins Jan. 20.

For more information, media representatives should contact Hetrick at (239) 273-6480 or associate professor in Physics and Astronomy Michael Fauerbach at (239) 590-7219.

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