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Crew Announcements for 2012-13 Field Season

posted Aug 24, 2012, 3:18 PM by James Burk   [ updated Sep 9, 2012, 10:30 PM ]

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that preparations for the 12th annual Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) field season in Utah is moving ahead as planned.  The upcoming season is currently scheduled to run from December 1, 2012 through May 4, 2013.

Volunteer positions are now open for participating crew members at the MDRS.  Crew members will be required to pay for their own transportation to/from Grand Junction, Colorado and also provide a $1,000 participation fee (reduced to $500 for students) to cover station expenses.  Volunteers should send their applications to:MDRSapplications@marssociety.org by September 30, 2012 in order to be considered. 

Both individual applications and group applications of up to an entire crew (6 people) will be considered. 

Applications to MDRS should include: 

+ Your full name,

+ Full contact information (home/work address, telephone numbers, email address(es),

+ 3 references from work or school environment,

+ A copy of your resume,

+ Proposed projects for your rotation,

+ A list of all crew rotation dates in which you would be available to participate,

+ The crew position (engineer, biologist, geologist, journalist, etc.) that you are seeking,

+ Experience in leading expeditions/teams if you wish to be considered for the position of crew commander,

+ Any food allergies / being a vegetarian or vegan (because of the ongoing food-study).  In particular, please answer the following question: “Is there any specific food or drink that you cannot or will not consume for medical, ethnical, religious, cultural or other reasons?”  Y/N.  If the answer is yes, please describe the dietary restrictions you observe,

+ Research project(s) for your rotation or even several rotations during the season (having a research project aimed at publishable results is definitely a leg-up in getting selected).

To enhance your chance of finding a crew rotation, it is very important that you list ALL slots in which you could participate.

Tentative MDRS rotations are as follows: 

Dec. 1 - Dec.16                  MDRS crew 119

Dec. 15 - Dec. 30               MDRS crew 120

Dec. 29 - Jan. 12                MDRS crew 121

Jan. 11 - Jan. 26                 MDRS crew 121

Jan. 25 - Feb. 9                   MDRS crew 122

Feb. 8 - Feb. 23                   MDRS crew 123

Feb. 22 - Mar. 9                    MDRS crew 124

Mar. 8 - Mar. 23                    MDRS crew 125

Mar. 22 - Apr. 6                     MDRS crew 126

Apr. 5 - Apr. 20                      MDRS crew 127

Apr. 19 - May 4                      MDRS crew 128

Included in the participation fee you pay to the Mars Society is:

+ Transportation from Grand Junction, Colorado to MDRS, where every participant is expected to arrive no later than the Friday night before the start of the rotation,  

+ The return trip from MDRS to Grand Junction will usually be on the Saturday evening at the end of the two week rotation (Note: Flying out should not be booked before Sunday morning after your rotation),

+ Food during the rotation,

+ Water, heating, electricity,

+ Use of science and engineering and general equipment, science reagents, etc.,

+ ATVs, HabCar,

+ Use of EVA suits / backpacks

Not included in the participation fee:

Cost of gasoline for the trip from Grand Junction to the Hab and the return trip from the Hab to Grand Junction (160 miles one-way).  Cost of two hotel nights for the overnight stay on Friday night before your rotation and Saturday night after your rotation.  The Mars Society has an agreement for a competitive room rate in Grand Junction with the Sandman Best Western motel.  Sharing of motel rooms is recommended.  The Best Western room rate includes free breakfast and free Wi-Fi Internet, plus an airport shuttle between GJT Walker Airfield and the motel.

For a list of what to bring in gear and clothes, please read the crew briefing documents carefully.

Every crew is expected to participate in a number of season-long projects.  At the moment that includes:

The ongoing food study in cooperation under the supervision of Prof. Jean Hunter of Cornell University.  All food including snacks at the MDRS will be provided by the Mars Society.

Other season-long research projects determined by the MDRS Remote Science Team will be added before the season starts in December.

Anyone applying for the position of crew engineer, a vitally important job for the station as a whole and your crew in particular, needs to have a varied background in many engineering/handyman duties, and needs to be willing to be trained on the systems of the station by the Engineering Team.  You must follow instructions from Mission Support.

Please note that no modifications or additions to the facility will be conducted without prior approval from Mission Support Engineering.

Applications received well in advance of the September 30, 2012 deadline are greatly appreciated, and will receive special consideration for the earlier crew slots.

Click here to access the required crew onboarding documents.  These will need to be read and signed by every crewmember.

Crew Announcements for 2011-2012 Field Season

posted Nov 15, 2011, 2:41 PM by James Burk   [ updated Dec 12, 2011, 8:17 PM ]

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been selected to be Commanders for the 2011-2012 MDRS field season:


Crew 108 Dec 3 - Dec 18 The Mars Society Charlotte Poupon
Crew 109 Dec 17 - Jan 1 The Mars Society Nicky De Munster
Crew 110A Dec 31 - Jan 7 U. of Wisconsin Julie Mason
Crew 110B Jan 6 - Jan 15 Team Texas April Andreas
Crew 111 Jan 14 - Jan 29 Team Brazil Marcelo de Oliveira Souza
Crew 112 Jan 28-Feb 12 DOMEX Mary Beth Willhelm
Crew 113 Feb 11 - Feb 26 Euro Moon-Mars A TBD
Crew 114 Feb 25 - Mar 11 Euro Moon-Mars B TBD
Crew 115 Mar 10 - Mar 25 Georgia Tech Matt Miller
Crew 116 Mar 24 - Apr 8 The Mars Society Lara Vimercati
Crew 117 Apr 7 - Apr 22 U. of Arizona Kyle Stephens
Crew 118 April 21-May6 Team Kiwi Haritina Mogosanu


The following people have been selected for MDRS crew 108, which will run from Dec 3-18


Charlotte Poupon        Commander    

Michael LeClair            Geodata      

Alicia Framcis               Journalist     

Usha Lingappe             Astrobiologist    

Ashley Dale                   Engineer

Mike Lotto                    Engineer

The following people have been selected for MDRS crew 109, which will run from Dec 17-Jan 1


Nicky De Munster        Commander    

David Weiss                  Geologist        

Victoria Grudzinski       Biologist     

Aster Stein                     Teacher                  

Leandro Barajas            Engineer/Robotics Specialist

Karon Wynne                Biologist

Call for Volunteers for MDRS 2011-12 Field Season

posted Sep 15, 2011, 1:26 PM by James Burk

The Mars Society is pleased to announce that plans for the 11th field season at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) are moving ahead rapidly.  The upcoming field season is now planned to run from December 3, 2011 through May 6, 2012.


Volunteer slots are open for participation as a crew member at the MDRS in Utah.  Crew members will be required to pay for their own transportation to and from Grand Junction, Colorado, and also pay a $1,000 participation fee (reduced to $500 for students) to cover station expenses.


Those interested in participating in the upcoming MDRS field season should send their applications to: mdrsvolunteers@aol.com by September 30, 2011 in order to be considered.  Applications received prior to the September 30th deadline will receive special consideration for the earlier crew slots.


Both individual applications and group applications of up to an entire crew (6 people) will be considered.


For more details about applying as an MDRS volunteer, please click here.

NASA Ames Academy Crew Completes MDRS Tour

posted Feb 14, 2011, 12:37 AM by Lucinda Offer   [ updated Feb 14, 2011, 5:03 PM ]

Crew 99 Summary Report, February 13, 2011

The Mars Society’s Crew 99, consisting of six college students, all alumni of the NASA Ames Academy, completed their field operations at the MarsDesert Research Station (MDRS) on February 12, 2011, having spent two weeks at the Utah research site.

With academic backgrounds in engineering, biomechanics, astrobiology, geology, chemistry and physics, crew participants worked on a variety of projects at MDRS that will help promote the goal of sending humans to Mars.  These include:

·         Life analysis & metabolic biological detection

·         Mars shelter geology

·         Surface exploration traverse analysis

·         Meteorological research (using high altitude balloon)

·         Immuno-suppression study

·         Endolith sample collection

Coordinated by the Mars Society, Crew 99’s rotation was made possible by funding from NASA’s Astrobiology Institute, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, Maryland Space Grant, Arizona Space Grant, Massachusetts Space Grant and the Virginia Military Institute.

To learn more about the MDRS Crew 99 and read their full report, please click here.

The 10th MDRS Field Season Has Begun!

posted Dec 27, 2010, 5:01 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 10, 2011, 9:27 PM ]

The schedule for the Mars Desert Research Station 2011 field season has now been finalized. There will be 8 mission simulation crews, commencing January 1 and ending May 7. Seven of the crews will be of two weeks duration while one will be of 4 weeks duration. 

There will also be an engineering team crew to prepare the hab for operation December 28-January 1. Beginning with the engineering team at the end of December, daily crew reports will be posted at the MDRS website.

The rotations will be as follows:

Crew 96  December 28-January 1  MDRS Engineering team
Crew 97 Jan. 1 -15    Mars Society selected crew members
Crew 98 Jan 15 – 29    Romanian crew ROMARS
Crew 99 Jan 29 - Feb. 12    NASA Ames Space Academy Crew LAMBDA
Crew 100A Feb. 12 - 26     ILEWG Crew EuroMoonMars
Crew 100B Feb 26 - 12 March     ILEWG Crew EuroMoonMars
Crew 101 March 12 – 26     Georgia Tech Crew
Crew 102  March 26- April 9    Mars Society selected crew members
Crew 103 April 9-23    JUMP_Catholic University of Louvain
Crew 104 April 23-May 7    NASA crew DOMEX

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