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  Last updated May 16, 2017 at 5:32 pm

We are so excited to be an official supporter of 2017 WOMADelaide – The World’s Festival.

It’s festival season and we’ve got sweet all-access passes!

Australia’s Science Channel will be there providing coverage before, during and after the festival. WOMAD isn’t just any festival. There’s science and sustainability at its core.

Let us take you behind-the-scenes at the festival – make sure you go follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss out on our Facebook live videos of all of the action. Get insight into our world of what it’s like to film at a festival and whatever and whoever else turns up! It’s a surprise – that’s the joy of live videos!

And while we’re backstage, we’ll have exclusive interviews with special guests… We can’t tell you what we’ll be talking about as that will give away who they are. You’ll just have to stay tuned to Australia’s Science Channel for all things WOMAD!

And just because we can get out of the studio, we’re going to film some of our regular Brew Ha Ha out and about at the festival itself! (science in less time than it takes to order a coffee)


We’ve also got an exclusive partnership with WOMADelaide The Planet Talks to bring you a livestream event before the festival kicks off.

Introducing our quiz show: MAKE ME A MARTIAN


We’ll be pitting astronaut candidate Josh Richards against crew commander Carmel Johnston to see who whose knowledge of Mars reigns supreme!

Carmel Johnston recently finished serving as the Crew Commander of The University of Hawaii’s 365 day Mars simulation mission (Hi-SEAS 4) co-funded by NASA where she and five other people lived in complete isolation for an entire year to simulate a Mars mission. With a Master of Science in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University, she was able to apply her passion for science and sustainable living to, amongst other things, grow vegetables for the crew.

Physicist, explosives engineer, soldier, comedian, astronaut candidate – one thing Josh Richards can never be accused of is being boring. Josh found his true calling in 2012 when he discovered the Mars One project. Selected from over 200,000 applicants, he’s currently one of 100 astronaut candidates short-listed to leave Earth forever to colonise Mars in 2027.

Both contestants are speaking at WOMADelaide The Planet Talks during the festival.

Moataz Hamde will be the charming host who will make sure that each of our contestants will be tested to their limits.

Make Me a Martian quiz show will be livestreamed across Australia on Friday, 10 March 2017

9am- 10am (AWST)

11.30am – 12.30pm (ACST)

12noon – 1pm (AEST)

If you’re a teacher, register your class today.

This event is held in association with WOMADelaide The Planet Talks

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About the Author

Kelly Wong
Contributing editor for News + Events and the online producer at Australia's Science Channel. I have a background in immunology, food blogging, volunteering, and social media. I'm passionate about creating communities on social media and getting them excited about science. I enjoy good food and I am on an eternal mission to find the best ice cream. Find me on Twitter @kellyyyllek


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