A Dry Run at Mars

Scientists prepare for the challenges of sending humans to Mars by staging simulations right here on Earth

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TOOLS OF THE TRADE: A Mars Society crew conducts field studies in the Utah desert in their space suits to determine what tools they will need for their mission. “The most important step in any engineering process is not deciding how to design something,” says Mars Society president Robert Zubrin. “It’s making sure you’re designing the right thing.”
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