The Las Cruces Space Festival is excited to welcome back guest speaker Alires Almon. Alires grew up in Las Cruces, graduating from Mayfield High and gaining her Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology at New Mexico State University. She previously joined the 2018 and 2019 Las Cruces Space Festival to discuss her role as Orchestrator of Engagement at Mae Jemison’s 100 Year Starship Project.
In 2018, Alires founded an international research team at Deep Space Predictive to look at the selection, monitoring and psychological performance of groups of humans in space and other extreme work conditions. Alires will be presenting her vision on “Space: Our Dream and Our Reality” at the Rio Grande Theatre on April 12th. She will be sharing the results of her research and published papers on psychological breaking points during long term space travel.
Alires serves on the board of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable. Her work at the 100 Year Starship Project includes exploring the possibility of human space travel beyond our solar system. They plan to launch humans to neighboring star-system Alpha Centauri by the year 2112. The journey would take 70,000 years at current technical capabilities and although it is often met with some skepticism, their research is already advancing technology on Earth.