Life On Mars
The Mars Society operates simulated Mars Missions here on Earth to teach scientists how to live and work on another planet, and it is dedicated to encouraging the exploration and settlement of Mars. This six-person international crew includes engineers and a biologist all doing their own research in relative isolation in a Mars environment. For two weeks, they traded earthly conveniences for scientific progress. They imposed a delay of roughly 20 minutes on e-mails to simulate the communication delay from the Red Planet to Earth. When they ventured outside their cylindrical ‘hab’ or habitat, they had to wait in an airlock for 5 minutes of ‘decompression’ and don bulky simulated spacesuitsâ complete with boots, ski gloves, and bubble like perspex helmets. With the US space agency currently building spacecraft able to take humans to the moon, Mars and possibly beyond, space colonization is no longer the fodder of science fiction, it is becoming a reality.
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