A Month on ‘Mars’: Preparing to Go to the Red Planet… on Earth

On Monday (August 1), a group of eight researchers and their colleagues headed north to the High Arctic to spend a month at the Houghton-Mars Project (HMP) base on Devon Island, about 15 degrees south of the North Pole. did. The group includes Aadhar’s founder and expedition leader, Dr. Pascal Lee, a group of researchers from MIT’s Haystack Observatory, other researchers and support staff, and I, the sole media representative.

This will be the HMP team’s return to base from 2019 due to COVID-19 restrictions, and its status is uncertain – weather and Polar Bear (opens in new tab) Can wreak havoc with structures and support equipment. Generators and ATVs on-site have gone through several freeze/thaw cycles, and the increasingly hungry polar bears have whittled their way into some of the lightly constructed habitats they’ve tried before. Although satellite images show no widespread damage, success is not certain.

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