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Scientists simulate life on Mars in Israel’s Ramon Crater

CA, 11 Oct 2021
In the Ramon Crater in southern Israel's red, hilly desert, a team of scientists have begun simulating what it will be like to live for about a month on Mars.

Team members sleep, eat and conduct experiments inside their AMADEE-20 habitat, while mock space suits fitted with cameras, microphones and self-contained breathing systems are worn outside.

The Austrian association is running the project together with the Israel Space Agency and local group D-MARS.

A number of recent Mars probes have captivated astronomy fans across the world with robotic rovers like NASA's Perseverance and, for the first time, the helicopter Ingenuity, offering a glance of the planet's surface. But a manned mission is likely more than a decade off.

With AMADEE-20, which was supposed to happen in 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the team hopes to bring new insight that will help prepare for that mission, when it comes.

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