Desert trek may aid Mars mission The Herald sun

South Australian adventurer Rob Porcaro will soon be the focus of special research that could help in future missions to Mars. Later this month Mr Porcaro will begin a solo crossing of the Simpson Desert while undergoing psychological tests to measure the impact of isolation and fatigue on his decision making and thought processes. Scientists from the Mars Society Australia (MSA), the Australian National University and Melbourne company CogState Ltd will conduct the tests.