A Martian landscape on Earth ResearchPennState

“Mars is within reach!” according to Irene Schneider and fellow members of the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 61. For two weeks in April, the international and interdisciplinary crew of six individuals occupied a prototype Mars habitat in the Utah desert. Their mission: “Emergency Preparedness.” Core activities on the “Martian” landscape included emergency protocols such as radiation evacuation and radiation poisoning prevention—likely challenges facing human habitation on the Red Planet.