Scientific American, October 4, 2021
In Biosphere 2: The Once Infamous Live-In Terrarium Is Transforming Climate Research reporter Keridwen Cornelius writes, “The Space Analog for the Moon and Mars (SAM) ‘is very much, at a scientific level and even a philosophical level, similar to the original Biosphere,’ says SAM director Kai Staats. Unlike other space analogues around the world, SAM will be a hermetically sealed habitat. Its primary purpose will be to discover how to transition from mechanical methods of generating breathable air to a self-sustaining system where plants, fungi and people produce a precise balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide.” Read the full story.

Science, August 19, 2021
In Researchers revive the dream of a martian habitat in Arizona—in miniature reporter Michael Price writes “SAM is a welcome addition, says ecologist Shannon Rupert, director of another Mars analog, the Utah-based Mars Desert Research Station. ‘SAM has two distinct blessings,’ she says. ‘First, it’s already connected to a known destination, Biosphere 2, so it can have a huge public impact.’ Second, its airtight and pressurized facility ‘is the first of its kind.'” Read the full story.

ASU NOW, June 1, 2020
In Interactive model simulates keeping house on Mars reporter Scott Seckel writes, “A research-grade computer model and web interface for citizen scientists of all ages to design and operate a human habitat on the red planet, SIMOC is anything but a game. It was built on published data for mechanical life support systems (like those used on the International Space Station) and bioregeneration (sustaining human life with plants) with guidance from experts at NASA, Paragon Space Development, ASU and the University of Arizona. Read the full story.

Universe Today, January 27, 2021
In Space and Sustainability: How the Lessons of Biosphere 2 Inspired SAM reporter Matt Williams writes, “… it was a tremendous learning experience, the results of which continue to inform human spaceflight and ecosystem research today. In an era of renewed interplanetary exploration, those lessons are more vital than ever. This is the purpose behind the Space Analog for the Moon and Mars (SAM), a new analog experiment led by Kai Staats and John Adams. Along with an international team of specialists, experts from the University of Arizona, and support provided by NASA, the National Geographic Society, and commercial partners, SAM will validate the systems and technology that will one-day allow for colonies on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.” Read the full article.

SpaceTalk, The Next Generation, February 2019
The magazine for the all International Space University Alumni. In this issue, SIMOC ( is featured with a 7-page spread, telling the story of how SIMOC got started through the first two phases of development. Read the full publication at

Exoplanets will become a reality, December 2017
Article for WIRED magazine’s “The Wired World in 2018”, British Edition, pages 41-42.

LIGO Magazine, March 2017
To catch a Wave: A detection story in LIGO Magazine, Issue 10, pages 18-21

Audio Network, February 28, 2017
In How music helps us learn Kai Staats shares how the musical score is an integral part of horror, drama, fantasy and sci-fi. We anticipate that the instruments will amplify our emotions, carry our mood from scene to scene. Yet, documentaries are often devoid of the careful application of score. If we apply the same techniques, the same instrumentation, we not only keep the audience engaged but help the viewer retain the information given., August 2015
“Detecting Ripples in Space-Time, with a Little Help from Einstein”, co-authored with astrophysicist Marco Cavaglia, University of Mississippi., January 2015
An article “Swamps, Simulations and Mad Drone Skills” to accompany the film LIGO Generations, August 2014
“When Black Holes Cross Paths” by Kai Staats and Gaurav Khanna, Ph.D. at U Mass Dartmouth

LIGO Magazine, August 2014
A Passion for Understanding in LIGO Magazine, Issue 5, pages 24-26, April 2014
An article “The Minds Behind the Film” to accompany the film LIGO, A Passion for Understanding

OMNI Reboot, 24 September 2013
“Seeing Stars: Sex in Space” by anthropologist Cameron Smith, Ph.D., Portland State University; first edit by Kai Staats

Committee on Human Spaceflight, 9 July 2013
The Committee on Human Spaceflight (NASA Authorization Act of 2010) requires that the National Academies perform a human spaceflight study [to] review “the goals, core capabilities, and direction of human space flight” … this language reflects concerns that—without an accepted and independent basis for the establishment of long term goals—political cycles and other factors would continue to drive instability in the human spaceflight program. Download “Real Heroes: A Case for Continued U.S. Involvement in Human Space Exploration” by Kai Staats and Gaurav Khanna, Ph.D.

Humanity & Technology, 2004, 2010-12
Humanity & Technology is a column I wrote for MacNewsWorld (’04) and Northern Colorado Business Report (’10-12). Not a comparison of the speed of the latest wifi networks, but an introspective look at the effect of deeper integration of technology into the human experience, bringing to focus how our interaction with technology affects our relationship with each other, how it shapes the social evolution of our species.

"The Stars' Embrace" by Kai Staats

The Stars’ Embrace, 2009
In The Stars’ Embrace, Kai Staats offers nineteen stories written over twenty years. His science fiction takes the reader from the ruthless rule of a near-future government, whose citizens are held captive by mind altering medication, to a distant planet where the remaining astronauts of a failed mission have lost all hope.

"Getting Started with Yellow Dog Linux" by Kai Staats

Getting Started with Yellow Dog Linux, 2002-06
First published in 2002 by OpenDocs Publishing, Getting Started with Yellow Dog Linux was written for anyone interested in running Yellow Dog Linux on a PowerPC computer, with emphasis on Apple computers. This book introduced the reader to Yellow Dog Linux, regardless of previous familiarity with Linux, enabling comfort and familiarity with the daily use of Linux, both in the graphical interface, and if desired, at the command line. “Getting Started” went into 2nd, 3rd, and 4th publications, each edition updated for the latest advancements of the Linux Desktop.

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