/ 12 October 2021

Crater provides close quarters

Image source: Reuters
Image source: Reuters

Israeli scientists have managed to simulate life on Mars. Commandeering the dusty Ramon Crater, 6 scientists have spent a month pretending they’re astronauts on the Red Planet. They’ve been sleeping, eating and conducting experiments inside their expedition base while donning mock space suits for outdoor excursions. It’s all to make sure astronauts are adequately prepared for a visit to Mars once it becomes a reality – something SpaceX founder Elon Musk says could happen as early as 2024. And it’s important because “for every mistake we make here on Earth, we hope we don’t repeat it on Mars,” said Austrian Space Forum director Gernot Gromer. Meanwhile, Captain Kirk, aka William Shatner, admits he is “terrified” ahead of his scheduled venture into space aboard a Blue Origin on Thursday. He’s not so boldly going where some have gone before…

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