Scientists from Israel Complete Mock Mars Mission in Negev desert

On Sunday, a team of six researchers from Israel ended a Mars habitat experiment in the Negev desert of Israel that lasted for four days. The Science and Technology Ministry of Israel said that in the experiment, they simulated the living conditions on the Red Planet.

The ministry said that the experiment was conducted near Mitzpe Ramon, an isolated Israeli township whose surroundings resemble the Martian environment in its aridity, geology, desolation, and appearance.

The participants of the experiment were investigating numerous fields that are relevant to a future mission on Mars, including the psychological effects of isolation, radiation measurements, satellite communications, and looking for signs of life in the soil.

Guy Ron, a participant who is a professor of nuclear physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said that the project was not only aimed to discover new approaches in designing a future mission to the Red Planet but to heighten public interest.

Ron stated: “D-Mars is half about the research, and the other half is about the outreach. A major part of this project is getting public interest and getting students interested in space.”

The “D-Mars” project was being conducted in Israel for the first time in cooperation with the Israel Space Agency. The experiment is one of a number of Mars simulation projects that are taking place worldwide.