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To do at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS)
The Mars Society has a research station simulating a Martian base in the middle of the Utah desert. The participants, students and professionals, carry out experiments related to their fields of study, such as the impact of Martian conditions on sleep, the automation of tasks using drones, the design of a geolocation system or the writing of a Martian constitution.
But these personal works must be done during the free time of the participants during the periods separating the different maintenance works of the Martian base. Participants in the Martian simulation of the Mars Society have to live in a confined space, eat freeze-dried food, go out in a space suit. Communications with the outside world are possible but must be rare.
The Mars Society has already hosted hundreds of crews in its various Mars simulations (Mars Analogue Research Station Program), which raises awareness of the general public to explore the planet Mars. It is also a way for researchers around the world to test ideas or material in conditions as close as possible to the surface of the planet Mars. The organization headed by Robert Zubrin is also interested in the Moon. It defends a plan called Moon Direct that would completely drop the LOP-G project, which would allow to focus on a base on the surface of the Moon.
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