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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.