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Can Signs of Life on Mars Indicate the Reopening of Earth? (Sim with MDRS Crew 245)

11 May 2021, 20:18 UTC
Can Signs of Life on Mars Indicate the Reopening of Earth? (Sim with MDRS Crew 245)
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For over a year, the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) has been nearly as quiet as Mars itself. Normally MDRS is a revolving door for teams of scientists, engineers, physicians, journalists, etc. to research, record, and reflect at one of the leading Martian simulations in the world. MDRS prides itself in being safety first and administration took quick and appropriate action to protect its simulation participants and staff from what the world soon came to know as a global health emergency that would leave a profound and lasting scar on nearly every Earth inhabitant.

While every two-week-long rotation since the onset of the pandemic had either been delayed or canceled, there was one team that had a fortunate set of circumstances going for them. Crew 245, led by UCLA Aerospace Engineering Ph.D. Candidate Dylan Dickstein, consisted of six individuals living within the United States who had early access to the vaccinations through their respective employment, and the ability to quarantine sufficiently prior to their scheduled mission start of April 11, 2021. Negative Covid tests from every member were also provided prior to entry onto to the research station. This was a recipe for success in the resolving pandemic environment and ...

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