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February 12, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Ivo Ferreira Commander

Romain Benchenafi
Executive Officer
Ayako Ono
Chief Scientist

Jeffrey Hendrikse
Chief Engineer
Kévin Theatre
Hab Engineer

Audrey Lan San Rover Engineer 

Ivo Ferreira will be serving as the commander for MDRS EuroMoonMars Crew 100 A. He holds a double MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST- Lisbon - Portugal) and Supaero (Toulouse – France) and is currently pursuing a PhD degree through a joint program between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT – Cambridge - USA) and IST (Lisbon - Portugal) where his focus is on multidisciplinary space systems design tools in a concurrent environment.

He previously worked as a trainee at the European Space Agency (ESA - ESTEC) working on gridded ion and field emission thrusters as an Electrical Propulsion Engineer, and as a visiting student at the MIT Man Vehicle Laboratory developing a space suit simulator.

His passion for space subjects comes from a young age where he was part of an aeromodelling club, worked at a science museum, and attended Space Camp (Alabama). Taking part in a Mars analog mission has been a dream that he has wanted to fulfill for some years now.

In his free time he enjoys travelling, running, biking, badminton, football and flying (he holds a private pilot license). He is thrilled to take part in this experience and hopes to contribute to a future sustainable human presence on Mars.

Romain Benchenafi is a 22 year-old cadet officer at the French Air Force Academy. He obtained his High School Diploma (French Baccalaureate) with advanced Science (obtained with honours) in 2007. Then he entered the Lycée Militaire d’Aix-en-Provence in 2007, where he studied for the competitive exam of the French Air Force Academy. He passed the competitive exam in 2009 and is now a first year master student in the security and defence department.

Studying ergonomics, his aim during the mission will be to define the proper informatics tools in order to improve the efficiency of communication within one or several crews. Romain is very proud to take part in the 100A crew of the MDRS.

Ayako Ono is a PhD student in the Department of Behavioral Medicine at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. She previously graduated from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a Master of Fine Arts in oil painting including media art, and her theme is always the relationship between humans and the cosmos in space art and more recently also in space psychiatry. She focuses on the possibilities of art and design, and has keen interests in isolated small group dynamics and interactions within a confined environment. She is eager to apply her ideas and skills in the development of projects to improve the environment and provide sustainable living.

After the graduating, she studied abroad two times. As trainee of the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists, she travelled to France and America to research space art in Europe and the United States, and was the first “Artist in Residence” at the European Space Agency (ESA) from 2006 to 2007. She learned about the International Space Station and ESA's facilities for microgravity experiments, and proposed several ideas including environmental design for “Zen Gardens on Earth’s Moon and Mars”, and interior design for space habitats including wind-chimes suitable for microgravity environments, which makes the sounds and provides the fragrance of natural wood. Her ideas for Zen gardens in space was presented at 9th ILEWG International Conference on Exploration and Utilization of the Moon (ICEUM9/ILC2007) in 2007 which she is continuing to develop as an artist in the Google Lunar X-Prize team White Label Space. Her microgravity wind chime will be sent by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to the ISS in 2011.

She also participated in International Space University's Summer Session Program 07 in Beijing, China, pursuing interests in space psychology and life science including adaptability in 3-5 G environments.

Jeffrey Hendrikse started his space career fifteen years ago in 1995 in the microgravity section of ESA ESTEC in the Netherlands as a Stagaire working on space based freezers. Before he finished his degree in applied physics he took the opportunity at ESTEC to work on a real satellite project called TEAMSAT which was designed, developed, built, prepared for launch in Kourou, launched on the Ariane 502 and operated in space for 4 days, all within a one year time frame.

After this he had a small internet company and finished his degree in the optics department of the university of delft on dual polygon laser scanning techniques for retinal scanning displays and wrote a thesis on a novel propellant-less propulsion system. With his degree he return to ESTEC to the microgravity section as a young graduate trainee to develop a prototype virtual reality system for neural sensory feedback to test the balance reflexes of astronauts in microgravity environment.

He continued to develop more of his academic side as a research assistant in the nuclear physics department of the university of delft on 2 dimensional Scintillating Gas Electron Multiplier detectors for radiation therapy. Here he had the opportunity to perform several measurement campaigns on a cyclotron at KVI in Groningen, The Netherlands.

His passion for physics and space took him at the end of 2005 to grab the opportunity to work on the electrical and environmental test campaign of ESA’s Autonomous Transfer Vehicle (ATV), Europe’s first unmanned spacecraft to dock with the space station.  When ATV left for its launch phase in Kourou, Jeffrey started on Herschel, a cryogenically cooled far infrared space telescope with a 3.5 meter dish. Within the Herschel team he became a key member preparing test, software, performing system analyses, recoveries and acting Test Conductor. Before leaving for Kourou for the Launch Campaign of Herschel he joined the EuroGeoMars Crew76 to investigate rover operations and video streaming using a rover on loan from NASA Ames. After that he left for Kourou as acting Launch Operations Manager during Herschels launch campaign. He continued as Functional Test Team Leader for MetOp-B and MetOp-C and is currently performing the environmental test campaign in Toulouse on Metop-C and preparing for MetOp-B Launch Campaign in Baikonur. He is also following up his keen interest in robotic tele-operations with the aim to perform future lunar and planetary excursions as well as applied to terrestrial applications.

Kévin Théatre  is a 21 year-old cadet officer and a second-year aeronautical engineer student at the French Air Force Academy.  He entered the academy in the aircrew branch in 2009. The French Air Force Academy is not only a flying school but also an officers school and an aeronautical engineering school. He obtained his High School Diploma (French baccalaureate) with advanced Science (obtained with honours) in 2007. Then he entered the Air Force Wards School (school specializing in preparing pupils to take Grandes Écoles entrance exams) in 2007 and passed the competitive exam of the French Air Force Academy.

Audrey Lan San is a second-year cadet at the French Air Force Academy training to become a ground officer. Before joining the army she graduated with a bachelor of science and completed two years of scientific studies in mathematics and physics at defense school in order to pass the competitive exam to join the “Ecole de l’air”. Last year she graduated with a bachelor in engineering mechanic physics. She is currently completing a course in defense studies.