European astronauts in aluminium-coated suits venture in the desolate Dhofar desert in Oman to help prepare humanity for a future mission to Mars.
The two-member team of Astronauts are spending a month in isolation on a simulated ‘red planet’ venture aiming to one day help humans survive on Mars.
The desolate desert in southern Oman, near the borders of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, resembles Mars so much that more than 200 scientists from 25 nations chose it as their location for the next four weeks, to field-test technology for a manned mission to Mars.
Run by the Austrian Space Forum, the main volunteer collective, with the backing of the Oman government, the AMADEE-18 Mars Analog Mission has brought together researchers, inventors, space professionals and enthusiasts.
“So we have to use the things we find there: first of all to sustain life there, to sustain missions there, and then in the long run maybe also for other things.”
The successful launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket this week “puts us in a completely different realm of what we can put into deep space, what we can send to Mars,” said analogue astronaut Kartik Kumar.