February 2017 Blog Posts (3)

Sol 20: Hours spent performing Extra Vehicular Activities so far!

Sol 20 [14 October 2016]

It is Sol 20, and after many strenuous extra-vehicular activities performed by the MARS 160 crew at MDRS, it is worth documenting and acknowledging how many hours the crew spent performing rigorous science and engineering activities. Our Executive Officer Yusuke Murakami did this exemplary job by generating this data for individual crew members. So, in totality, the entire crew spent 152 hours outside the “Martian” vehicle under the scorching…

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Added by Anushree Srivastava on February 27, 2017 at 12:00am — No Comments

Diaries of Mars 160 Twin Desert-Arctic Analog Mission Phase One and Crew 172 in Utah Desert

Hi, SAGANauts!

Here I am with some selected pieces from my diaries written over a period of three months as part of MARS 160 Twin Desert-Arctic Analog Mission and Crew 172. Mars 160 mission recently culminated its first phase at Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in the Utah Desert. The second and final phase of this Mars simulation mission will take place at Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) in the High Arctic this summer. Both FMARS and MDRS, founded and…

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Added by Anushree Srivastava on February 26, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

C. Elegans (nematodes) in Space?

I am a university student who might have an opportunity to join a team sending a small rocket into space and it contains a couple experiments, one of which will be a culture of C. elegans. I know a bit about c. elegans and that they are sent to space as models of simple life, but I was wondering if someone could point me towards more profound space research on them.

Does anyone know about the experiments involving Caenorhabditis Elegans in space and what research could be done…

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Added by Will Sharpless on February 23, 2017 at 11:51am — 1 Comment

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