What would you miss the most on Mars

Engineering & Technology magazine

_FIK5063 What would you miss the most on Mars? That was the question I asked my crew-mates before our departure from the Mars Desert Research Station after a two-week simulated mission. During those two weeks, though rather remotely, we have managed to get a glimpse of what life, or a mission, on Mars would be like.

Most of the things my friends mentioned could seem rather plain – forests, seas and rivers, fresh air in the lungs and wind in the face.  Or more physical activity – as the Mars Desert Research Station habitat is not equipped with a treadmill or any other sort of exercise equipment, crew members that are not assigned to outdoor exploration tasks on a particular day barely move their bodies. It requires as little as five steps to get from your bed to your working desk and kitchen and at best 30 steps to get to…

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