They simulate life on Mars in a ravine in the Israeli Negev Desert (video)

They simulate life on Mars in a ravine in the Israeli Negev Desert (video)


11 October 2021 21:49 GMT

A team of “analog astronauts”, a woman and five men, live in solitude for three weeks, conducting future human experiments on the Red Planet.

This Monday the Austrian Space Agency (OeWF) launched the isolation phase of the 13th analog mission to Mars, which was carried out jointly by the Israeli space agency. Six people, pretending to be astronauts, will live and work in a well-developed habitat Aiming to produce a human exploration of the Red Planet in the Negev Desert in Israel.

During this mission, known as AMADEE-20, more than 25 experiments will be carried out on the Raman Desert Mars Analog Station, or D-MARS, located in the Negev Desert, two of which will be conducted in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). Report OeWF in a statement on its official website.

Team “Analog Astronauts”, one female and five male Research will be conducted from Germany, Austria, Israel, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands to facilitate future missions to Mars. To do this, they will be isolated for three weeks in an environment where they want to reproduce the conditions of that planet. In addition to science experiments, they will take outdoor walks in a prototype “space suite” built and built by OeWF.

From a geographical point of view, Midsby Raman crater, 500 meters deepLocated in the Negev Desert, it estimates the conditions of Mars; However, even in winter the temperature can be significantly higher at 25-30 degrees Celsius.

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More than 200 researchers from 25 countries are participating in AMADEE-20, which was initially scheduled for last year, but was postponed due to the Govit-19 epidemic. This is the thirteenth task managed by the Austrian organizers. The former were carried out in the Moroccan region of the Sahara Desert, in the state of Utah (USA), in Spain and Oman.

The longest work of its kind, the MARS-500, was carried out in Moscow (Russia) between 2007 and 2011 with the participation of Russian, European and Chinese team members as an experiment in 520 days of psychological isolation.

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