Copyright © 2008 by Alain Souchier. Published by the Mars Society with permission.
PRIVATE GROUND INFRASTRUCTURES FOR SPACE EXPLORATION MISSIONS SIMULATIONS
Plan¸te Mars Association – plan¸te-mars.com
The Mars Society, a private non profit organization devoted to promote the red planet exploration, decided to implement simulated Mars habitat in two locations on Earth which present some analogue Mars conditions. FMARS is the Canada based Flashline Mars Artic Research Station. MDRS is the Utah based Mars Desert Research Station. The general philosophy of the work conducted is not to do innovative scientific work in the field but to learn how the scientific work is affected or modified by the particular conditions. Outside activities are conducted in Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA) with simulated spacesuits that limit the abilities of the experimenter. Experiments are also conducted on the crew psychology and behavior as well as the working conditions. Some examples of these activities for various missions are presented including two missions in which the author participated.