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 160 Crew Patch Unveiled by Mars Society

    The Mars Society unveiled today the official crew patch for its Mars 160 mission, a twin desert-Arctic analog project using both of the organization's field research stations - the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) located in southern Utah and the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Devon Island in northern Canada.

    Mars 160 is an extended Mars surface simulation involving a unique program of field exploration, using the same crew to carry out similar science operations for the same period of time – 80 days – first at MDRS (as Mars Desert 80), scheduled to begin September 24, 2016, and then again at FMARS (as Mars Arctic 80) in June 2017.

    Members of the multi-national crew include:
    + Dr. Alexandre Mangeot, Commander & Engineer (France)
    + Yusuke Murakami, Executive Officer (Japan)
    + Anastasiya Stepanova, Journalist (Russia)
    + Claude-Michel Laroche, Engineer, MD 80 (Canada)
    + Dr. Jonathan Clarke, Geologist (Australia)
    + Annalea Beattie, Health & Safety Officer (Australia)
    + Anushree Srivastava, Biologist (India & United Kingdom)
    + Paul Knightly, Geologist, MA 80 (U.S.A.)
    + Shannon Rupert, Biologist, Back-up Crew (U.S.A.)

    The Mars 160 patch is divided into two halves, symbolizing the dual nature of the desert-Arctic mission, and includes a cairn at MDRS and an inukshuk at FMARS, human-made stone landmarks used by native peoples in regions of North America.

    For more details, please click here.

    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 8:46 PM by Michael Stoltz
  • ONE MONTH until Launch of Mars Desert 80 Simulation at MDRS in Utah

    First Half of Mars 160 Mission Involving Unique Twin Desert-Arctic Analog

    Earlier this year, the Mars Society announced plans to carry out a new Mars surface simulation using both of the organization’s analog research facilities – the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah and the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) in Canada. This unique dual mission entitled Mars 160 involves a seven-person crew doing similar science operations for the same period of time – 80 days – first at MDRS, with the sim scheduled to begin September 24th and then once again in the summer of 2017 at FMARS.

    During the course of the two 12 week missions, the Mars 160 crew will conduct a sustained program of field exploration involving geology, micro-biology and paleontology 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 spacesuit technologies, EVA traverse strategies, astronaut cross-training in the field and habitat technologies. By doing so, they will help advance humanity’s knowledge of how to better explore the Martian surface.

    Furthermore, by conducting the Mars 160 mission in the form of twin studies, dubbed Mars Desert 80 (MD80) and Mars Arctic 80 (MA80) with the crew operating in the desert and the Arctic, the program will provide important information as to how well Mars analog missions held in the desert can serve in place of far more expensive Mars surface simulations carried out in the Arctic regions, and to what extend conclusions drawn from desert-based research need to be adjusted to reflect that which would likely be obtained under more stressful Arctic field conditions. Mars 160 is expected to greatly improve the cost-effectiveness of Mars analog research.

    For more details, please click here.

    Posted Sep 6, 2016, 8:42 PM by Michael Stoltz
  • Mars Society to Launch Mars 160 Twin Desert-Arctic Analog Missions

    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.

    To read further, please click here.

    Posted Apr 7, 2016, 9:21 AM by Michael Stoltz
  • Mars Society Announces Precursor Mission for MA365

    The Mars Society intends to advance planning for its one-year Mars Arctic 365 program at FMARS on Devon Island by down-selecting to a single crew that will first be “put to the test” as part of an 80-day mission at the organization’s Mars Desert Research Station in the fall of 2016. 


    The crew, including alternates, of Mars Awakening 80 (MA80), as the mission is being called, will consist of nine individuals drawn from the U.S., France, Canada, Germany and Russia who previously made the cut of 21 finalists chosen from an initial pool of over 200 volunteers. 


    More details regarding the new MA80 mission will be announced soon.


    [Mars Society Steering Committee, 09.01.15]

    Posted Sep 7, 2015, 6:54 PM by Michael Stoltz
  • Mars Desert Research Station Crew 142 - Final Report

    The following is the final report of Mars Desert Research Station Crew 142, which recently completed its nearly two week field rotation at MDRS in southern Utah.

    The 142nd crew rotation at the Mars Desert Research Station has just completed its ten day period in sim as part of the Mars Arctic 365 mission crew selection process. The crew is pleased to report a successful and productive mission in which nearly all of our mission objectives were achieved. 

    During our fifteen days at the hab, Crew 142 mounted a total of 9 in sim EVAs to sample and assess the terrain surrounding the hab for gene mining and to assess feasibility of sea ice and permafrost experiments at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) in northern Canada. We conducted experiments on the usefulness of flying drones to guide EVA activity and perform remote reconnaissance. We also used the greenhab to experiment with using cyanobacteria to convert Martian resources into a form that is suitable for plant growth, and to experiment with Martian soil amendments to determine the viability of growing food on Mars. 

    To read the full Crew report, please click here.

    Posted Nov 25, 2014, 5:25 AM by M Stoltz
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