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Mars Space

Christmas On Mars 41

At John Scalzi's blog, astronomer and science fiction author Diane Turnshek writes about spending the holidays at the Mars Desert Research Station, a place in Utah where The Mars Society is running test missions to figure out proper procedures for living in a habitat on Mars. She says, "In sim, we eat rehydrated/dehydrated food, have a 20-minute lag time for communication, spend time in airlocks before going out on the surface and conserve water (Navy showers every three days). A row of parked ATVs out in front awaits us for our more distant EVAs. We have to be careful–the nearest hospital is forty miles away on back roads and there’s no cell service here on Mars. Reports are sent via email to Mission Support every evening in which we have to clearly explain any technical or medical problems and they respond in kind. I’ve been working in the Musk Observatory, taking CCD photometry of eclipsing binary stars." You can also read the mission's daily crew reports and browse through their photostream.
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Christmas On Mars

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  • While you're there, (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @03:35PM (#42389511)

    Be sure to wish each other Einy Klaveeny Klibidv'vak.

  • Wrong objectives (Score:5, Interesting)

    by gr8_phk ( 621180 ) on Tuesday December 25, 2012 @05:02PM (#42389979)
    Crappy communications.
    Poor transportation.
    Shortage of water.
    And this dude is doing astronomy. WTF?

    Dig some tunnels. Set up some infrastructure. Distil some water. Check on the microbes being bred for terraforming. Do something to improve life on mars. We have well equipped astronomers and space telescopes here at home.

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