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The Mars Society Builds Infrastructure for Year-Long FMARS Mission

posted Jun 1, 2013, 10:54 AM by M Stoltz   [ updated Jun 1, 2013, 10:56 AM ]
By Emily Carney,, 06.01.13

The Mars Society announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (EU-INTERACT) to use the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS), located on Devon Island in northern Canda, as one of the network's field stations.  This partnership comes just after the Mars Society announced an effort to conduct a one-year "mission" in the Canadian High Arctic on May 20, called "Arctic 365" to learn more about what it will take to visit the Red Planet.

To lead this effort with EU-INTERACT, The Mars Society has established a climate research team including Dr. Ghassem R. Asrar (World Climate Research Program and World Meteorological Organization), Dr. Chris McKay (NASA), Dr. Alexander Kumar (Concordia Station, Antarctica) and Dr. Bruno D.C. Marino (Planetary Emissions Management, Inc.). The scientists are currently discussing the feasibility and possible program design at FMARS. FMARS is a Mars analog research station established by The Mars Society in 2000 to study various technologies and human factors needed to approach a manned Mars mission.

Acting Executive Director of The Mars Society, Susan Holden Martin, said, “The Arctic 365 mission will be the first experiment combining long-term isolation and a sustained program of field exploration under Mars mission simulation conditions, in a relevant Mars analog environment, ever done anywhere in the world.  There is a growing interest in environment change in the Arctic, and so it makes perfect sense to extend our program to terrestrial climate research, from which we may discover important clues as to the history not only of Earth’s climate, but that of Mars as well. ”

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