A neurosurgeon for more than 20 years, Ali Mesiwala, MD, leads the Department of Surgery and Division of Neurological Surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center and functions as a consultant for such companies as SI-Bone, Inc., and Nuvasive, Inc. Outside of his professional life, Ali H. Mesiwala, MD, supports of the National Geographic Society.
Last December, Facebook and National Geographic teamed up to launch Live 360 video that gave users the unique opportunity to view operations 24 hours a day at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Journalist Cara Santa Maria toured the facility with commentary from scientific experts John Grunsfeld, Stephen Petranek, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The live stream gave viewers the chance to see the unique conditions that scientists have been living in for months. Completely isolated from mainstream society, these simulators were designed to emulate what life on Mars would be like. The video offered a behind-the-scenes look at these living conditions and a live look at the scientists as they left the pods for the first time. Viewers were also able to participate in a Q&A with the scientists.