Mars Society Names Crew for First Phase of Planned Year-Long Stay on Devon Island

A crew at FMARS in the Canadian Arctic. (Credit: Mars Society)
A crew at FMARS in the Canadian Arctic. (Credit: Mars Society)

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (Mars Society PR) — The Mars Society announced today the selection of nine crew members chosen to participate in the Mars Arctic 365 mission (Phase 1) this July at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic. This will be the thirteenth crew to inhabit the FMARS facility since its establishment in July 2000, continuing the Mars Society’s pioneering work in organizing sustained field exploration while operating under Mars mission constraints.

Scheduled to be in Canada for two weeks, the new crew will install key equipment and infrastructure and also upgrade systems needed to support the one-year Mars surface simulation expedition (Phase 2), which will begin in the summer of 2014. The visit to FMARS is also expected to include a limited duration Mars simulation exercise to provide crew members with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience with technical and human factor considerations which are likely to be faced by the first human explorers to the Red Planet.

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Mars Society Plans Year-long Simulated Mission in Canadian Arctic

FMARS (Credit: Mars Society)
FMARS (Credit: Mars Society)

LAKEWOOD, Colo. (Mars Society PR) — The Mars Society announced today that it is initiating an effort to conduct a one-year simulated human Mars exploration mission in the Canadian high Arctic at its Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS).

Situated at 75 degrees north, roughly 900 miles from the North Pole, FMARS is located adjacent to a 20 kilometer meteor impact crater in the midst of a polar desert that is known to represent one of the most Mars-like environments on Earth.

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UAV Flight at FMARS in Canadian Arctic

Video footage captured from the color analog gimbal camera onboard the Prioria Maveric UAV. The footage is of the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) and it’s immediate surroundings, obtained from a height of 275 feet. The footage was obtained during the third flight of the system on Devon Island, conducted on July 13, 2009.