Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, and science communication expert with a passion for space exploration. She’s an analog astronaut and has completed three analog Mars/Moon missions. She believes that when we solve for space, we also solve issues on Earth. She has a TEDx talk called “Eat Like a Martian” and published the Meals for Mars Cookbook. She is a Solar System Ambassador for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and serves on the National Science Teaching Association’s Aerospace Advisory Board. Dr. Proctor is a geoscience professor at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, a master’s degree in geology, and a Ph.D. in science education. She is currently on sabbatical at Arizona State University’s Center for Education Through eXploration.
Meals for Mars explores our food impact on Earth by investigating what it would be like to “Eat Like A Martian.” The exhibit considers what Martian food might be like when we first settle the Red Planet. Dr. Sian Proctor lived for four months in a Mars simulation funded by NASA to investigate food strategies for long-duration spaceflight. She wants to inspire people to leverage space-food technologies in order to be more sustainable and food-savvy here on Earth.