Looking for life on Mars -- in Australia's outback  

starlight_runner 39F
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7/28/2005 3:50 pm

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Looking for life on Mars -- in Australia's outback

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian scientists are planning to build a "space station" in the remote outback to simulate the conditions future human explorers could face on Mars.

Mars Society Australia says the station will be the final step in a worldwide experiment which has seen similar projects set up in the Canadian Arctic, the Utah desert and Iceland.

"The idea is that if you have these places around the world, each place has its own unique Mars-like qualities or characteristics," spokeswoman Jennifer Laing told AFP Thursday.

The station, designed to simulate living quarters which could be landed on Mars, will be 36 metres (118 feet) long and include cabins, generators, airlocks and docking hatches plus a garage to house a "rover" to explore the surrounding area.

The chosen site in the outback, the Flinders Range of South Australia, has several geological features which have parallels on Mars, Laing said.

"The research will include looking at some of the hot springs and the possibility of life exisiting in these incredibly hot areas and radioactive areas.

"The thinking is that there may be some of these hot springs right underneath the Martian surface.

"There will also be psychological research into the effects on people living together in groups for some time when they are isolated from others," she said.

The Australian chapter of the international Mars Society, an independent organisation which has several former US astronauts and NASA scientists on its steering committee, is trying to raise more than a million dollars for the project.

It is expected to be operational "within a couple of years," Laing said.

interested13563 53M
2557 posts
7/28/2005 4:01 pm

I wish them luck! They will need it!


7/28/2005 5:04 pm

Now I understand why I felt like such an alien when I was travelling around Oz.

abdoullah5 40M

7/29/2005 3:45 am

salut ql beau cul! je crois q ma grosse queuelui convient tres bien je suis exité en voyant ta foto tu es seduisante et tres exitante ecris moi biz

rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
7/29/2005 4:29 am

mmmm... I don't think there will be a lot of space building, considering the setbacks NASA is having... maybe the ESA can help??? *WEG*

expatbrit49 62M

7/29/2005 7:44 am

Well theres a thought Tala4u2 and Wyvernrose the Australian Mars expedition.

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