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Mars Society to Launch Mars 160 Twin Desert-Arctic Analog Missions

posted Apr 7, 2016, 9:18 AM by Michael Stoltz   [ updated Apr 7, 2016, 9:21 AM ]

The Mars Society is pleased to announce a new mission, Mars 160, using both of the organization’s analog research stations. This program will involve the same seven person crew doing similar science operations for the same period of time - 80 days - initially at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah in the fall of 2016 and then continuing at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) in northern Canada in the summer of 2017.

The multi-national crew will include:

+ Dr. Alexandre Mangeot, Commander & Engineer (France)
+ Yusuke Murakami, Executive Officer (Japan)
+ Shannon Rupert, Biologist (U.S.)
+ Anastasiya Stepanova, Journalist (Russia)
+ Claude-Michel Laroche, Engineer (Canada)
+ Dr. Jonathan Clarke, Geologist (Australia)
+ Susan Jewell, MD, Biomedical Research (UK)

Ms. Rupert will serve as the mission’s Principal Investigator, while Dr. Robert Zubrin, President of the Mars Society, will operate as Program Manager.

During the course of two 12 week missions, the crew will conduct a sustained program of geological, paleontological and micro-biological field exploration while operating under many of the same constraints that human explorers on the Red Planet would face. The team will also carry out Mars-relevant engineering research, testing biomedical tele-science, spacesuit technologies, EVA traverse strategies, astronaut cross-training in the field and habitat technologies. By so doing, they will help advance humanity’s knowledge of how to explore on the Martian surface.

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