In 2002, I was selected by the Mars Society to spend two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), a Mars-base analog simulation facility located in the most Mars-like area of the Utah desert. In addition to doing my own research on human integration issues, I also served as Executive Officer, Health/Safety Officer and Station Engineer. MDRS Crew 5 was the first crew to spend two weeks in full simulation mode.
Here are a few pictures of that amazing experience; many more are in my Google Photos album. Links to more information can be found at the bottom of this page.
Please contact me if you want full-resolution versions or if you plan to use any of these pictures.
Paper on the MDRS crew experience, presented at a 2003 spaceflight conference (PDF, 260 kB)
Paper on the cognitive research at MDRS, presented at a 2003 spaceflight conference (PDF, 330 kB)
Summary report, in German (PDF, 330 kB)
Crew 5 information, data, and dispatches on the MDRS 2002 website (at archive.org)