Laura Lark grew up on a small farm in unincorporated Whatcom County, Washington. Before joining the HI-SEAS Mission V crew, she spent 5 years as a software engineer at Google working on assorted flavors of search serving/indexing infrastructure. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned a B.S. in Computer Science and moonlighted as a unicycler. When not inhabiting a dome, she inhabits an apartment in New York City with her new husband and two cats. In her free time, she enjoys playing Irish fiddle tunes, sewing clothes and quilts, and practicing her crosswind landings. Laura is excited to walk around on a lava field in a spacesuit, to get to know her crew really well, and most of all to help people someday live on Mars!