Weekly Space Hangout: April 28, 2021 – Taking to the HI-SEAS with Chelsea Gohd

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This week we are excited to welcome Chelsea “Foxanne” Gohd, Senior Writer at Space.com, to the WSH. Chelsea writes articles and creates, scripts, and hosts videos about science topics ranging from climate change to exoplanet exploration and human spaceflight.

In November 2020, Chelsea became an analog astronaut after having completed an analog Mars mission at HI-SEAS** with six other women. Their mission, Sensoria M2, is only the second ever all-female crew at HI-SEAS. You can watch a short video about their experience here.

Prior to her work at Space.com, Chelsea worked as a freelance science writer, with bylines in publications including Scientific American, Astronomy Magazine, and Discover Magazine.

Additionally, Chelsea wrote an installation for the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Meteorites which included extensive text for touchscreen exhibition placards, and both design and text for interactive, in-exhibit games. She also worked as an exhibitions assistant at the AMNH, helping to shape and deliver public lectures the exhibitions “Spiders Alive!” and “The Secret World Inside You.”

Chelsea is also a musician and writes, performs, and records indie-pop music under the pseudonym “Foxanne.” As Foxanne, she released her debut full-length record in 2020, titled It’s real (I knew it), named after an iconic scene from the hit sci-fi film Galaxy Quest. The album features a number of space-y easter eggs, including audio from the OA-9 rocket launch, a 2018 cargo mission that launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, and a song written from the perspective of NASA’s Opportunity rover.

Following this album in 2021, she released Hello, Mars, a song featuring the first audio recorded on the surface of Mars, recently captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover.

To stay up to date with Chelsea’s science writing, you can follow her on Twitter, on the Space.com Twitter page, find her on Space.com, and visit her website.

And don’t forget to follow Foxanne on Twitter where you can find information about her music.

**HI-SEAS (Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) is an analog habitat for human spaceflight to Mars and the Moon located in an isolated site on the Mauna Loa side of the saddle area on the Big Island of Hawai‘i at approximately 8200 feet above sea level. You can learn more about HI-SEAS, including how you can apply to participate in an upcoming mission, by visiting the HI-SEAS website.

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