DLR Researcher Visits Mars in Utah

The scientific program at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah includes ‘space walks’ in a kind of space suit to an outside area in which biological and geological experiments are to be conducted. (Credit: Mars Society)

DLR PR — Near Hanksville, Utah, in the United States, but ‘on Mars’. At least that is what Volker Maiwald will feel when he embarks on his two-week mission in the Mars Desert Research Station on 23 February 2013. The scientist is normally based at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Institute of Space Systems in Bremen, where he works determining the feasibility, costs and benefits of space systems and concepts of the future, calculating trajectories and planning habitats for isolated or harsh environments. As a member of Crew 125, he will soon experience being part of a team of six living on Mars.


Space Florida, Mars Society Team Up for Competition



Space Florida, The Mars Society, NASA-Kennedy Space Center and the Florida Department of Education (DoE), have joined forces to create a competition in which Florida middle and high school students will design scientific experiments to send to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah.


Going to Mars – in Utah

The Christian Science Monitor has a feature story on the Mars Society’s research facility outside of Hanksville, Utah. Volunteers live and work inside of a simulated Mars habitat to test equipment and techniques for living on the Red Planet.