The Mars Society unveiled today the official crew patch for its Mars 160 mission, a twin desert-Arctic analog project using both of the organization's field research stations - the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) located in southern Utah and the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Devon Island in northern Canada.
Mars 160 is an extended Mars surface simulation involving a unique program of field exploration, using the same crew to carry out similar science operations for the same period of time – 80 days – first at MDRS (as Mars Desert 80), scheduled to begin September 24, 2016, and then again at FMARS (as Mars Arctic 80) in June 2017.
Members of the multi-national crew include:
+ Dr. Alexandre Mangeot, Commander & Engineer (France)
+ Yusuke Murakami, Executive Officer (Japan)
+ Anastasiya Stepanova, Journalist (Russia)
+ Claude-Michel Laroche, Engineer, MD 80 (Canada)
+ Dr. Jonathan Clarke, Geologist (Australia)
+ Annalea Beattie, Health & Safety Officer (Australia)
+ Anushree Srivastava, Biologist (India & United Kingdom)
+ Paul Knightly, Geologist, MA 80 (U.S.A.)
+ Shannon Rupert, Biologist, Back-up Crew (U.S.A.)
The Mars 160 patch is divided into two halves, symbolizing the dual nature of the desert-Arctic mission, and includes a cairn at MDRS and an inukshuk at FMARS, human-made stone landmarks used by native peoples in regions of North America.
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