Scientists stage Mars mission in Israeli desert

Israeli researchers finished an experiment on Sunday where they simulated a Martian habitat in Negev desert, according to Israel’s Science and Technology Ministry.

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Over a period of four days, six participants investigated conditions like the psychological affects of isolation and how to measure radiation. They also searched for signs of life in soil. The experiment was held near the remote town of Mitzpe Ramon, where the area’s geology and aridity are similar to that of Mars, according to the ministry. The Negev Desert is located east of the Sahara. It is arid receiving less than 25 Cm of rain per year. The desert itself has brown dusty rocky mountain with wadis (dry riverbeds that bloom during rains) and craters. This topography gives it a feel similar to that of Mars. According to The Times of Israel, the six participants ate food from capsules, lived in confined quarters, and wore spacesuits when venturing outdoors from their pod. The experiment was called the “D-Mars” project. See the WikiTribune space project for more.

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