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  • Mars Desert Research Station Crew 149 - Final Report

    Crew 149 brought together a diverse, professional crew of individuals from Belgium, Canada, Japan, Romania, and the United States.  Each of the members of our crew is dedicated to supporting the exploration and colonization of Mars.

    During our two-week rotation at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), we demonstrated that even a group of ordinary people can be capable of rising to meet the challenges presented by a Martian analogue simulation.  Indeed, within the first 72 hours of our rotation, we experienced a propane leak, heavily degraded communications, loss of power for 24 hours, water rationing, heavy winds, and clogged plumbing.  I am pleased with the matter-of-fact way that my crew  reacted to these challenges.  These were not problems: These were opportunities for us to demonstrate our resilience and resourcefulness.

    Our main goal during our time at the MDRS, however, was to make a contribution to the growing body of knowledge that will one day make it possible to establish a permanent human presence on Mars. Crew 149 conducted the following research projects during our rotation:

    EVA construction materials and techniques

    Crew 149 constructed a 24' diameter dome structure with a trapezium framework and heavy-duty plastic sheeting exterior.  The individual framing poles were connected to cross and “t” fittings by means of clevis pins and retaining pins. The dome held up very well to the wind, but the unseasonably warm weather was its undoing.  The dome was very effective at retaining heat inside, and the internal temperature reached a point at which some of the PVC components softened and sagged.  After the tensile balance of the dome was compromised, the wind pressure on the dome caused one side to slump inward.  Crew 149 salvaged the dome by removing the outer covering and the lowest ring of vertical supports and relocating the dome to an area more sheltered from the wind.  The dome framework survived several more days before Crew 149 took it down to make room for other projects.

    To read the full report, please click here.

    Posted Feb 23, 2015, 9:04 PM by M Stoltz
  • Mars on Earth? What Life Is Like on the 'Red Planet’
    By Kellie Gerardi, 02.18.15

    Just beyond the faintest cellular signal in the Utah Desert, dwarfed by rock formations stained red from millennia of iron oxide dust, a white cylinder emerges. This is the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), one of the world's few analog Martian habitats, where a variety of national space agencies and scientists can simulate in situ resource utilization and analog Martian field research. 

    Most recently, the prototype laboratory has brought together me, Belgian NASA Ames researcher Ann-Sofie Schreurs, Canadian educator Pamela Nicoletatos, American Medevac pilot Ken Sullivan, German trauma surgeon Dr. Elena Miscodan, American lawyer and locally-elected public official Paul Bakken, and Japanese microbiologist Takeshi Naganuma. Together, we are MDRS Crew 149, immersed in a complete spaceflight simulation, living and working in an analog Martian environment. 

    We come from vastly different backgrounds and research areas, but our pilgrimage to the Martian habitat was predicated on the belief that space settlement is an achievable goal in our lifetimes. And we share a desire to help achieve that goal. 

    To read the full article, please click here.

    [Image: The Mars Society]

    Posted Feb 23, 2015, 9:00 PM by M Stoltz
  • Mars Society Facebook Page Surpasses 14K "Likes"
    We're pleased to announce that the Mars Society's official Facebook page has just surpassed 14,000 "Likes", continuing the organization's effort to reach out
    via social media to help educate people about the importance of Mars exploration and creating a permanent human presence on the Red Planet. Visit our Facebook page and get involved!

    Posted Feb 23, 2015, 8:54 PM by M Stoltz
  • Mars Desert Research Station Crew 148 - Final Report
    The following is the final report of Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 148. A complete review of this year's activities at MDRS will be presented at the 18th Annual
    International Mars Society Convention, to be held August 13-16, 2015 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Online registration is 
    now open.

    = Build on the MDRS simulation experience by enforcing additional parameters. This included no social media, except for the crew journalist (necessary for public outreach), personal emails coming “in batch” twice a day, no or very little junk food like candy bars, and stick to a daily work-out.
    = Gain valuable experience in analog simulations and testing.
    = Function efficiently and smoothly as an international crew.
    = Learn from each other’s background and personal experience.
    = Communicate on our experience to a broad international audience with various media (daily blog posts, bi-weekly mini YouTube videos, daily articles in a French newspaper, a video podcast) to increase general public awareness on space research and exploration.

    To read the full report, please click here.
    Posted Feb 13, 2015, 9:23 PM by M Stoltz
  • Mars Desert Research Station Crew 147 - Final Report
    The following is the final report of Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 147. A complete review of this year's activities at MDRS will be presented at the 18th Annual
    International Mars Society Convention, to be held August 13-16, 2015 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Online registration is 
    now open.

    Team ISU has successfully closed out their first rotation at MDRS, comprised of two weeks of intense research, team building and simulation training on Mars. Our team of highly motivated scientists, engineers and thinkers from around the world were well prepared for a variety of contingencies and dealt extremely well with water conservation, limited supplies and with the absence of a functioning GreenHab for additional biology research.
    Our team holds unique graduate degrees from the International Space University Masters and Space Studies Programs. This distinguished university has provided all of us with a shared life experience that has shaped our collective careers in the space industry. We share a passion for space research, engineering, architecture, mission design and exploration that unites us as a tightly bonded team of space adventurers.

    To read the full report, please click here.
    Posted Feb 13, 2015, 9:20 PM by M Stoltz
  • MDRS Documentary to be Screened at Two International Film Festivals
    A new documentary film entitled “To Mars”, describing the challenges facing crew members of the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in
    Utah, has been selected for screening at two prominent international film festivals - Academia Film Olomouc, a science documentary film festival held in the Czech Republic, and GeoCinema, a film festival organized by the European Geosciences Union and held in Austria. 

    The documentary about life at MDRS was filmed and edited by Flip Køubek and Tereza Pultarová, members of Crew 135 stationed “on Mars” in February 2014.

    To view the new MDRS documentary on YouTube, please click here.
    Posted Feb 10, 2015, 9:40 AM by M Stoltz
  • Mock Mars Mission Starts Saturday in Utah Desert
    By Mike Wall, 02.06.15

    A simulated Mars mission kicks off Saturday (Feb. 7) in Utah, and its seven crew members hope the experience helps them prepare for a real Red Planet expedition a decade from now.

    All seven explorers — who will spend two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), near the Utah town of Hanksville — are astronaut candidates for the Mars One project, which aims to launch four pioneers to the Red Planet in 2024 as the vanguard of a permanent colony.

    "It’s not a coincidence that the whole crew is comprised of Mars One candidates — that was by design," said crew member Kellie Gerardi, business development specialist at California-based aerospace firm Masten Space Systems.

    To read the full article, please click here.

    Posted Feb 7, 2015, 6:17 PM by M Stoltz
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2015 Space Exploration 
Alliance Legislative Blitz
February 22-24, 2015
Washington, D.C.

18th Annual International 
Mars Society Convention
August 13-16, 2015
Washington D.C.


The Mars Society's One-Year Mars Surface
Simulation Mission in Northern Canada

International Inspiration Mars
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