Mars Society Plans 'Mission' in the Canadian High Arctic
The Mars Society will attempt to conduct a one-year simulated human Mars exploration mission in the Canadian high Arctic at its Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS). This scenario depicts crew members checking their equipment during a simulated EVA.
Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS)
Situated at 75 degrees north, roughly 900 miles from the North Pole, Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station is located adjacent to a 20 kilometer meteor impact crater in the midst of a polar desert that is known to represent one of the most Mars-like environments on Earth.
Simulated Mars Mission Participants
The Mars Society plan, called Mars Arctic 365 (MA365), will attempt to conduct a one-year simulated human Mars exploration mission in the Canadian high Arctic at its Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS). Participants may appears as depicted here.
Interior of Mock Mars Mission Station
The interior of the Mars Society's simulated mission to the red planet may look like this photo of a researcher seated at a work surface.
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The Haughton impact crater in the Canadian Arctic serves as the home of the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station, where crews simulate living and working in a model Martian habitat.