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Army Officer Competes for Mars Arctic 365 Program

10 Dec 2014, 02:30 UTC
Army Officer Competes for Mars Arctic 365 Program
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By Walter T. Ham IVU.S. Army (www.army.mil) MARS DESERT RESEARCH STATION, Utah (Dec. 9, 2014) -- A U.S. Army 1st lieutenant is competing to spend a year on a Canadian Island with the Mars Arctic 365 program.At the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, 1st Lt. Heidi Beemer is taking part in a Mars simulation this month.Beemer is a decontamination platoon leader from the 63rd Chemical Company, 83rd Chemical Battalion, 48th Chemical Brigade, 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives), the U.S. Department of Defense's only formation that combats CBRNE threats around the world.Beemer, a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, said three teams are competing to be the first crew to spend one year in an analog Martian simulation at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station on Devon Island, Canada.The program is run by the Mars Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to human Martian exploration research.To read the full article, please click here.

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