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People Spend Time in Utah Desert to Experience Life on Mars

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If you want to simulate what life on Mars might be like, the Utah desert could be the closest thing you’ll find on this planet. At least that’s the thinking at a research facility in the Utah desert, where a group of college students and teachers lived this past spring for a week. The goal was to learn as much as possible about life on Mars.

The Utah site was created by the Mars Society, a nonprofit that set it up in 2001 to let students and companies simulate missions on the planet. This isn’t to be confused with a similar type of site set up by NASA in Hawaii to let professional space agency crews simulate missions for up to a year at a time.

Taking part in a simulated mission in Utah isn’t free. Colleges and corporations pay between $300 and $550 per person for each week they spend at the site. In addition to the fee, participants must go through an application process where they describe the projects they plan to undertake while at the site.

While at the site, teams live in complete isolation in a harsh environment with limited supplies. At any time, storms can knock out communications, stopping all interaction with the outside world.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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