Scientists Launching a Simulated Mars & Moon Colony in Poland

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 00:26

Astronauts from France, India, Israel, Nigeria, Spain, and the United States will work and live inside the habitat, called M.A.R.S., for two weeks, starting on July 31.

This experiment, called the Poland Mars Analogue Simulation 2017, is going to study a group of six volunteer “analogue” astronauts as they work through a realistic schedule of space exploration, then provide those findings to anyone who is drawing up crewed missions beyond Earth, Business Insider reports.

“This mission will be one of the most comprehensive Mars analogue missions ever conducted in Europe,” Mina Takla, spokesperson for the PMAS 2017 mission, said in a YouTube video promoting the project.

The experiment, which Business Insider first learned about through the Dawn of Private Space Science Symposium on June 4, is being spearheaded by a subgroup of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, specifically the Space Exploration Project Group. More than a dozen partners are involved, including The Mars Society, European Space Agency, and European Space Foundation.

Many other partners are involved in the mission, too, including The Mars Society, European Space Agency, and European Space Foundation "connected to a nuclear fighter [plane] hangar near Pila, Poland," Takla said.

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