Surviving on Mars? One Nonprofit Has Some Ideas

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The Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah is where “astronauts” can get as close to a life on the surface of Mars, on Earth. According to Mashable, Crews can pay $500 per person to rent out the station for two weeks in the freezing winter, where they can don their space suits and conduct experiments as if they were really living on Mars.

The Mars Society, a group of worldwide volunteers who support the idea of putting humans on Mars, owns and operates the station. The station is not a perfect simulation, according to the article, but the idea is to have an experience that bigger organizations, like NASA, can build upon in the future. The society is funded in part by SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk.

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