We will be explaining a little of the science behind the MDRS experiments below, as our intrepid crews brave the wilds of the martian atmosphere, sample the alien geology and take in the sights of a truly dark sky.
KiwiSpace Mars Analog missions will simulate a manned expedition on the surface of planet Mars.The research conducted by the MDRS expeditions is very useful for the future exploration of Mars – such missions were performed by NASA prior to the Apollo trips to the Moon. The missions take place at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
Exploration & Research
Following an initial training and induction period, the crew will perform a range of experiments and exercises, related to their areas of expertise or interest. Schools and other groups within New Zealand will be able to propose and contribute additional experiments. We will also be encouraging schools to run ‘control’ versions of experiments back in New Zealand for comparison, and to increase engagement.
Also see Education and Outreach section.
Students and the public will be able to get regularly updated information from our website. This will include:
Following the expedition completion, a formal report will also be produced and distributed to schools and via the website.