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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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ISOLATION DRILLS: The Mars Society has sent more than 500 volunteers to its stations in the Utah desert and the Canadian Arctic Islands. During these missions, the crews can connect with the outside world only via satellite-linked e-mail, which simulates the 8- to 40-minute round-trip communication delay between Earth and Mars.
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