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 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
  • Welcome to Mars!

    The Mars Society is pleased to announce that Crew 142 arrived on Saturday afternoon (November 1st) at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah to begin the 2014-15 MDRS field season.

    Crew 142, consisting of seven people, is the first of three crews composed of finalists for the planned Mars Arctic 365 mission that will serve at MDRS for two weeks of training and testing. 

    To follow the work of the MDRS crews during their rotating two-week visits involving Mars surface simulation activities and research, please visit the MDRS Facebook page or join the MDRS Twitter feed - @MDRSupdates.

    Posted Nov 25, 2014, 5:22 AM by M Stoltz
  • Mars Arctic 365 Mission Finalists to Test at MDRS
    Twenty one finalists have been selected for possible participation in the Mars Society’s Mars Arctic 365 (MA365) mission. These finalists have been divided into three crews of seven persons each and will be sent to the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in southern Utah for further training and to gain data for the remaining selection process that will lead to the choice of the final six-person crew to perform the MA365 mission (the final crews have been enlarged from six to seven to allow for the selection of alternates).

    The MA365 finalist crews will constitute MDRS crew 142 (Nov. 1-16, 2014), crew 143 (Nov. 15-30), and crew 144 (Nov. 29-Dec. 14). They include scientists, engineers, writers, doctors, military officers and outdoor adventurers drawn from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Finland, Russia, Japan, Australia, and Brazil. Their names and areas of expertise are enclosed in the table below.

    To read the full announcement, please click here.

    Posted Nov 25, 2014, 5:19 AM by M Stoltz
  • 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
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