The Mars Desert Research Station has served as a reliable stand-in for an actual base on Mars since 2001. The geology of the Utah desert is nearly identical in age and appearance to that of Mars, with enormous rust-colored boulders and rock formations. https://lat.ms/31OLbWf
The Utah station is operated by a collection of 10,000 space enthusiasts from more than 40 countries dedicated to exploring and settling the Red Planet. https://lat.ms/31OLbWf
With NASA’s plan to land humans on Mars by 2033 and the promise of commercial space travel, interest in the station has soared. Engineers, physicians, geologists and others come to the station to test ideas related to living on Mars. https://lat.ms/31OLbWf
The researchers are focused on discovering what works on Mars. They’ve learned small rovers work well, crews can get by on one short shower a week and teams should be commanded on Mars, not from earth. https://lat.ms/31OLbWf
Most of the crews are now international and pay up to $1,500 a person for a two week stay. They are free to perform their own experiments as long as they observe protocol — like always putting on a spacesuit before leaving the station. https://lat.ms/31OLbWf
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