Polish scientists will conduct a simulated two-week mission to the Red Planet at the Mars Desert Research Station in the US starting on 11 March to test space innovations and equipment, The Polish Radio reports.
The mission, called EXO.17, will simulate a Mars expedition. It is a joint initiative by the Exorion foundation, which tests innovative solutions and experimental technologies in extreme conditions, and the Warsaw-based SWPS university.
The Polish team will try out equipment and conduct psychological tests in a setting imitating the Martian landscape.
Among equipment to be tested is a heart monitor, air filters, and a Polish-made multi-purpose space suit.
Researchers in the simulated mission will be coordinated from a Mission Control Centre set up at Poland’s Aviation Institute in Warsaw.
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