Mars team heads to Arctic volcano AP

Researchers with NASA are looking to the land of the midnight sun to study the red planet, heading to the remote Svalbard Islands next month to test future Mars probes in its barren, frozen climate. The Arctic Svalbard archipelago shares several features of Mars’ environment, such as permafrost, volcanoes and hot springs, the expedition’s leader, Norwegian geologist Hans E.F. Amundsen, told The Associated Press Monday.