Mock Mars Mission Explores Austrian Ice Caves (Pictures)

Suit Tester Daniel Foeger Prepares Materials

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The Aouda.X spacesuit tests were part of a 5-day Mars mission analog field test performed at Mammoth Cave in the Giant Ice Caves of Dachstein, Austria, by the Austrian Space Forum and international research partners in April-May 2012. Bernard Foing from the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) discusses the procedures for a sterile sampling process with Ulrich Luger, OeWF. In the meantime, suit tester Daniel Foeger prepares the materials in the box.

The Rover Parade

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The Aouda.X spacesuit tests were part of a 5-day Mars mission analog field test performed at Mammoth Cave in the Giant Ice Caves of Dachstein, Austria, by the Austrian Space Forum and international research partners in April-May 2012. At the end of the third day of the campaign, the rovers and two flying robots show their local pride during the "rover parade." From small to (relatively) large they will also one day assist human explorers on the surface of Mars.

Headset Fixed

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The Aouda.X spacesuit tests were part of a 5-day Mars mission analog field test performed at Mammoth Cave in the Giant Ice Caves of Dachstein, Austria, by the Austrian Space Forum and international research partners in April-May 2012. In the field, the AKG headset slipped over the tester's snoopy cap when walking in the narrow passages of the cave. In this case the quick fix was a set of powertape stripes over the snoopy cap.

Taking Biological Samples

© OEWF/Katja Zanella-Kux

The Aouda.X spacesuit tests were part of a 5-day Mars mission analog field test performed at Mammoth Cave in the Giant Ice Caves of Dachstein, Austria, by the Austrian Space Forum and international research partners in April-May 2012. On April 30, 2012, biologist Lara Vimercati assisted the suit testers in taking samples which will be analyzed at JPL laboratories.

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