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Peak Mars Analog Mission Week and Happy 5000th, Opportunity!

First off, a big congrats to NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, which defied all odds and cel
Peak Mars Analog Mission Week and Happy 5000th, Opportunity!
By Joost Schuur • Issue #1 • View online
First off, a big congrats to NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, which defied all odds and celebrated 5,000 sols on Mars on February 17th. Don’t worry, Spirit, we haven’t forgotten about you either! 
This week also saw four different Mars Analog missions overlap. In the Middle East two missions ran concurrently: the Austrian Space Forum’s AMADEE-18 in the Omani desert runs through February and the Israeli D-MARS at Ramon Crater completed its week long mission, with the two bases even running a joint communication experiment. Meanwhile, at the Mars Society’s trusty Mars Desert Research Station, Crew 189 (Supaero) has just arrived for their rotation. Finally, in Hawaii, HI-SEAS launched it’s sixth mission on February 17th, with its international crew spending 8 months there.
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Mars Anlog
Simulating Mars in the Middle East
HI-SEAS Mission VI is the most international crew in study history
Israeli scientists complete mock Mars mission in Negev desert
Gorgeous Drone Shot of the D-MARS Mission at Ramon Crater
Image edited by @Dr_Niamh_Shaw
Image edited by @Dr_Niamh_Shaw
Exploration
Solar-Powered Rover Approaching 5,000th Martian Dawn
The Case for Mars Now Available as an Audiobook on Audible
Beautiful Mars, by HiRISE
Etched Terrain in Meridiani Planum
Etched Terrain in Meridiani Planum
Space Policy
Defunding the ISS might just help get us to Mars
Science & Tech
Working in a Mars lab at Kennedy Space Center
NASA Is Bringing Back Cold War-Era Atomic Rockets to Get to Mars
Could We Give Mars a Magnetic Field?
Did Crystals from Ancient Lakes on Mars Form These Tiny, Weird Things?
Popular Culture
Surviving Mars dev explains how we'll set up shop on the Red Planet
by Hadria Beth Hermele
by Hadria Beth Hermele
Misc
The Mars Society
The Mars Society is looking for volunteers to help support/manage the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for Aug. 23-26, 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center. To sign up or request more details, contact Carie (cfay@marssociety.org). #2018MarsSocCon https://t.co/HpzqXHKGUr
3:28 AM - 14 Feb 2018
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