Click here to access the required crew onboarding documents. These will need to be read and signed by every crewmember.
The Mars Society is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been selected to be Commanders for the 2011-2012 MDRS field season:
The following people have been selected for MDRS crew 108, which will run from Dec 3-18
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
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: email@example.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.
Crew 99 Summary Report, February 13, 2011The 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 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