An excellent report by Clément Plagne, journalist for Crew 223 (Supaero II) currently stationed at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, explaining why he and his team participate in the MDRS analog program.
If you’re reading this, it probably means that you’re either a family member or friend of ours, interested in science and the exploration of Mars or both. From your point of view, being out in the desert and being like astronauts for some time is fascinating or at least intriguing. There’s this funny bubble of odd people, who see the prospect of near-total isolation from the outside world as something to envy or to try out yourself. They read about the golden age of superhero astronauts and look with admiration to the people shooting themselves upwards to live in the literal middle of nowhere, six at most in a metal tube zipping through the vacuum of space.
I have no
doubt that every member of our crew is in that bubble. But, as it turns out,
most of the world lives outside of it. It’d be stupid to imagine ourselves as
more adventurous or curious than them – and I like to imagine ...