Celestial simulation The Holland Sentinel

A former Zeeland man is participating in a science project in the Arctic that could help NASA prepare for a manned trip to Mars. Brent Bos, 31, is a member of one of the crews at Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic, participating in a Mars mission simulation through the NASA-Haughton Mars Project and the Mars Society. NASA researchers have traveled annually to the 12-mile-wide Haughton Crater on Devon Island because it’s similar to the terrain on Mars. “This is the first year the Mars Society has run its human Mars mission simulation,” said Bos, a 1988 Holland Christian graduate who studied honors physics at the University of Michigan. “It’s meant to help us learn the procedures and gain data for planning a human mission to Mars.