Mars mission blasts off in Pilbara The West Australian

One giant leap was taken for mankind in the Pilbara this week when NASA scientists tested spacesuits and technology designed to be used on Mars.
US space buffs from NASA’s California research centre joined their WA counterparts from Mars Society Australia to study the Mars-esque environment in the North West.
Volunteers were put through their paces in a prototype spacesuit designed to help simulate tasks, such as bending to pick up rocks, which astronauts would have to undertake on the red planet.