Located on Devon Island 165 kilometers north east of the hamlet of Resolute in Nunavut, Canada, the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) is a unique Mars exploration analog research facility established in 2000 by the Mars Society, the world's largest space advocacy group dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the Red Planet.

Latest News from FMARS

  • Mars Society Unveils Mars Arctic 365 Mission Patch

    The Mars Society unveiled yesterday the official mission patch for its Mars Arctic 365 (MA365) venture, a historic 12-month human Mars surface simulation that will conduct a unique program of field exploration in one of the most Mars-like environments on Earth - the Canadian Arctic, while operating under many of the same operational constraints as an actual human mission on Mars. Scheduled to begin in the summer of 2015, the one-year program will take place at the Mars Society's Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Devon Island in northern Canada.

    The new patch was generously created and donated by graphic artist Tim Gagnon of Titusville, FL and his partner, Dr. Jorge Cartes of Madrid, Spain. Working together since 2007, the two veteran designers have a long and storied history of creating patches for NASA and many of its human space flight missions, including those involving the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. 

    “I wanted to participate in this one year Mars Arctic 365 expedition set up by the Mars Society because of its opportunity for analog research. This mission will help lay the groundwork towards the time when we send humans to Mars,” said Mr. Gagnon. 

    Commenting on the new MA365 patch, Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin said, “We want to thank Tim and Jorge for their wonderful mission patch. It will certainly help us publicize our Mars simulation and drive home the point that this important initiative is a serious one that will greatly benefit planning for a human mission to the Red Planet.” 

    Copies of the MA365 mission patch will be available to donors to the Mars Society’s Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign, which is helping to raise funds for the Canadian Arctic endeavor (there are 30 days remaining in the online campaign). To help support MA365 or learn more about the mission, please click here to visit our web site.

    Posted Apr 5, 2014, 2:39 PM by Michael Stoltz
  • Mars Arctic 365 Mission Semi-Finalists Announced

    The semi-finalists for crew selection for the Mars Society’s Mars Arctic 365 (MA365) mission have been announced. Chosen from a group of over 200 applicants, the 62 semi-finalists consist of 49 men and 13 women drawn from 17 countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Turkey, India, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. 

    The 62 individuals selected represent a wide range of expertise and skills including geological, biological, medical, aerospace, mechanical and electrical engineering, mechanical trades, journalism and Arctic and wilderness survival training.

    A complete list of the selected semi-finalists can be viewed here. 

    The next step in the MA365 crew recruitment will be a process leading to the selection of 18 finalists. The final 18 will be divided into three crews of six people each, who will then be sent to the Mars Society’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Canada’s Devon Island for two weeks of trial field testing during the summer of 2014. On the basis of demonstrated performance, the best crew will then be chosen for further training, leading to the initiation of the Mars one-year mission beginning in the summer of 2015. 

    The MA365 mission is an effort to conduct a one-year simulated human Mars mission in the Canadian Arctic. The mission will take place at FMARS, a simulated landed spacecraft and research station "on Mars" built and operated by the Mars Society. 

    Situated at 75 degrees north and less than 1,000 miles from the North Pole, the Mars facility is perched on the rim of a 14 mile wide impact crater in the midst of a polar desert considered one of the most Mars-like environments on Earth. MA365 will see a crew of six scientists, researchers and explorers conduct a Mars surface mission simulation for 12 months, including over the harsh, sub-zero Arctic winter. 

    By conducting this full-scale dress rehearsal of a human expedition to Mars in a realistic habitat and environment for practically the same duration as an actual mission to the Red Planet, we will take a great step forward in learning how humans can work together to effectively explore the new frontier of Mars. 

    Nothing like this has ever been done before! You can help make it happen! 

    History is not a spectator sport. If we want to get humans to Mars, everyone needs to pitch in. The Mars Society recently launched an Indiegogo online campaign to help fund this historic mission. Please donate generously and spread the word to others!

    Posted Mar 1, 2014, 11:33 PM by Michael Stoltz
  • The Rocky Road to Space Funding through Crowdsourcing

    By Brian Enke, Examiner.com, 02.26.14


    The Mars Society has just announced an exciting new crowdsourcing initiative, giving space enthusiasts everywhere the opportunity to participate in an ambitious new mission. The international non-profit organization based in Lakewood hopes to raise $100,000 by April 21st to fund the next steps in their effort to conduct a one-year simulated Mars mission at their research station on Devon Island, high in the Canadian arctic.

    While $100,000 seems a trivial amount of funding for a respected group like the Mars Society to raise through crowdsourcing, history reveals the outcome is anything but guaranteed. Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo offer hit-and-miss results since they don’t provide any consistent or reliable way for a donor to quickly browse the list of available causes using intelligent filters - like space exploration, for example. As a result, most people on these sites (let alone the public at large) will never become aware of many crowdsourcing projects of great interest to them.

    To read the full article, please click here.

    Posted Mar 1, 2014, 11:31 PM by Michael Stoltz
  • The Year-Long Mission to Mars, On Earth, With Polar Bears
    By Ben Richmond, Motherboard, 02.27.14

    Far off though it may seem, people are getting ready to live on Mars. The Mars One mission is selecting contestants for a one-way trip/reality show that is scheduled to launch in 2022. At the same time, the Mars Society is in the process of finding a six-person crew for their most ambitious mission yet: a year of living 800 miles from the North Pole in the Canadian Arctic, starting this August. 


    Called Mars Arctic 365, or MA365 for short, the plan is to simulate a one-year Mars human surface exploration mission at the Mars Society’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station on Devon Island, an uninhabited polar desert island that's mimics Mars as well as almost anywhere. The island's biggest feature is a meteor crater, which gives the island a Mars-like geology; the temperatures "are comparable" to that of Mars and there's almost no vegetation, although polar bears do stop by from time to time, but they're pretty much the only visitors.


    To read the full article, please click here.

    Posted Mar 1, 2014, 11:32 PM by Michael Stoltz
  • Help Prepare for Red Planet Exploration by Donating to Mars-on-Earth Simulation

    The Mars Society, the world’s largest space advocacy group dedicated to the human exploration and settlement of the Red Planet, launched a special Indiegogo crowd-sourcing campaign today to help fund the organization’s Mars Arctic 365 (MA365) program, a historic one-year simulated human Mars mission in the Canadian Arctic. The online campaign, scheduled for 60 days, will seek to raise $100,000 to support this never before attempted

    Mars research initiative. 

    The MA365 mission will take place at the Mars Society’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station(FMARS), a unique Mars simulation analog and research facility on Canada’s Devon Island. Situated at 75 degrees north, less than 1,000 miles from the North Pole, FMARS is perched on the rim of the Haughton crater in the midst of a polar desert viewed as one of the most Mars-like environments on Earth. 


    “The Earth's polar regions are the closest analog to the surface of Mars that we will find until we actually land on the Red Planet. The Mars Society has long been the leader in exploiting these regions and is continuing that tradition with this new initiative. This effort will bring real understanding to the space exploration community about what it will take to settle human beings on the surface of Mars,” said Dr. Mike Griffin, former NASA Administrator. 


    To read the full announcement, please click here.

    Posted Mar 1, 2014, 11:31 PM by Michael Stoltz
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