Melissa Battler (C), a geologist and commander of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission, talks to members of the crew about collecting geologic samples for study at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in the Utah desert March 2, 2013. The MDRS aims to investigate the feasibility of a human exploration of Mars and uses the Utah desert's Mars-like terrain to simulate working conditions on the red planet. Scientists, students and enthusiasts work together developing field tactics and studying the terrain. All outdoor exploration is done wearing simulated spacesuits and carrying air supply packs and crews live together in a small communication base with limited amounts of electricity, food, oxygen and water. Everything needed to survive must be produced, fixed and replaced on site. Picture taken March 2, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 15 OF 31 FOR PACKAGE 'MARS IN THE DESERT' SEARCH 'JIM MARS' FOR ALL IMAGES ORG XMIT: PXP15
EuroMoonMars B mission in discussion. Credit: The Mars Society

This chapter wants to put together a team to visit the Mars Desert Research Station. This requires that fundraising takes place, a mission and time period is settled on, and the application made by January 2016.

This is a fantastic opportunity in an environment that is as close as possible to the desert terrain of Mars, and so an ideal analogue in many ways.



Please email us at, or comem01_RTR3EQM0 and meet us at an event. We’ll be discussing potential ht_mars_mission_06_lb_141215_4x3_992missions, and if you can’t be included in the first mission, don’t worry, we hope to be able to regularly send teams to the research station. However there is great demand, and obviously limited space. In addition, although we’re not travelling to Mars, a great deal of planning needs to take place to reach the station in the Utah desert!