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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