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MarsCrew134 - KAI STAATS, Film Maker on the Human Potential for Greatness

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Kai Staats is a documentary film maker who will join MarsCrew134, a team of highly trained scientist, researchers and filmmaker who will embark on a Mars simulation at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, USA.

Former software developer and supercomputing architect, writer and documentary film maker Kai Staats builds upon his ten years experience in working with leading scientists and researchers across the U.S. He captures the curiosity, dedication and drive of those who work a lifetime to better understand the workings of the universe.

Recent films includes “The Explorers,” a feature length documentary about the passion for learning invoked by astronomy. Kai worked with the South African Astronomical Observatory to tell the story of the team which tracked the passing of Asteroid 1998 QE2. “Monitor Gray” is a short sci-fi which raises the dilemma of near-future bio engineering versus free will.

As of this interview, Kai is at the Hanford site of LIGO, the world’s most sophisticated gravitational wave detector, producging a documentary film for Caltech.

In February of 2014, Kai will move to Cape Town, South Africa to earn his Masters in Applied Mathematics. His proposed research project is the construction of a mathematical model for scalable, bioregenerative systems for off-world, human colonization.