Questions Wanted: What's a Mock Mars Mission Really Like?
Take a look inside Crew 133's mission (Jan. 4 to 19, 2014) at the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah.
Credit: Elizabeth Howell

In the Utah desert, a team of scientists is hard at work attempting to recreate what a real-life mission to Mars might be like, and SPACE.com contributor Elizabeth Howell is along for the ride to share the experience with SPACE.com readers. So, what questions would YOU want answered about life aboard a mock Mars mission?

Elizabeth is part of a team from the University of North Dakota visiting the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah, on a two-week Red Planet simulation. The mission runs from Jan. 4 to Jan. 19 and features a crew of eight commanded by Paula Crock, who has visited the mock Mars habitat simulator before. They will conduct mock "Marswalks" (while wearing spacesuits) and have to work together inside the cramped confines of the habitat module.

With six crew members on Crew 133, space was in short supply inside a vehicle heading to the Mars Desert Research Station on Jan. 4, 2014. Pictured is Elizabeth Howell.
With six crew members on Crew 133, space was in short supply inside a vehicle heading to the Mars Desert Research Station on Jan. 4, 2014. Pictured is Elizabeth Howell.
Credit: Elizabeth Howell

On Wednesday, Elizabeth and Paula hope to record a video answering your questions from the Mars Desert Research Station, but first they need to know what you want to know. You can submit your questions in the comments section below. [Mock Mars Mission Photos: Life on a Simulated Red Planet]

Have a burning question about the mission or a picture you really would like to see from the site? E-mail contact@elizabethhowell.ca for the chance to get your question answered in a future story.

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