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by Mike Zazaian September 8, 2006 - 2:27pm, 1 Comment

Life on Mars
Six scientists will live in an Arctic desert to get a better idea of what life is like on Mars.

While most people’s idea of a good summer is basking in the sun of Cabo San Lucas, six Mars researchers will spend theirs enduring the bitter, life-threatening cold of the Arctic Tundra. The experiment, known as “Hard work, no pay, eternal glory,” will put the researches out in the cold between May 1 to Aug. 30 at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station, or FMARS, on Devon Island, a desolate frozen desert in the North of Canada.

The experiment is being conducted by the Mars Society, a group of researchers, engineers and futurists who want to get a better idea of what a manned flight to Mars might be like. The researchers will live and work in a two-story, 8-meter-diameter space designed to specifications set by NASA for what housing on Mars will probably be like. 40-pound space suits will be worn in the 30-50 degree summer weather while the researchers explore the surround Polar region and conduct experiments. Robert Zubrin, an aeronautical engineer and president of the society, is optimisitic about the experiment:

You put people in a field environment, task them to do what they would have to do on Mars, and see how well it works. And you can learn a lot, even though it is not the real thing.

The society is currently seeking 6 applicants to live and work in the simulated Martian space, including one “out-of-sim” handyman who will take care of maintainance issues along the way.