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Connecting Mars to Mars: Concordia joins Mars Desert Research Station telesurgery experiment

21 Jan 2014, 11:02 UTC
Connecting Mars to Mars: Concordia joins Mars Desert Research Station telesurgery experiment
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Concordia has been likened to a white Mars before, and ESA is interested in research at the remote base because of its similarities to living on our neighbouring planet. Last Friday saw the start of the Mars134 simulated Mars mission … Continue reading →

Mars Desert Research Station, Utah. Credits: MDRS
Concordia has been likened to a white Mars before, and ESA is interested in research at the remote base because of its similarities to living on our neighbouring planet. Last Friday saw the start of the Mars134 simulated Mars mission held at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station. Seven people entered a Mars habitat in Utah, USA for two weeks.
From testing rovers and hydrogen extraction to radiation and 3D-printed surgical tools the crew have a full roster of science to perform. Although not as cold as at Concordia the low temperatures in Utah at this time of the year add to the feeling of isolation. The crewmembers will not leave their habitats without a full mock-up spacesuit.
One of the experiments will test telesurgery and anaesthesia. Using high-fidelity mannequins, the crew will perform ‘surgery’ under instructions from Earth. No mean feat considering the realistic 12-minute time delay ...

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