Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) (NASA Ames participation)
At Mars Desert Research Station, crews of people live in a confined spacecraft-like environment, conduct scientific research, use robots, perform extra-vehicular (space walk) activities in mock spacesuits, plan and schedule their work with support from scientists and engineers on Earth, analyze their data and write daily reports to inform Earth support teams of their progress; just like martian explorers will someday. As their work is conducted, their actions are recorded and their experience is analyzed, providing useful information to refine crew operations and mission designs.
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
|Key Mission People
Bill Clancey, principal investigator for the mobile agent software project at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Liza Coe, co-project manager for the Spaceward Bound project at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Mars Desert Research Station
Project Background --
November 2006 – January 2007
Expedition: MDRS 1 --
NASA, in partnership with the Mars Society, led a series of two-week student training and research missions to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. There were four two-week expeditions mounted in November 2006 through January 2007.
Dec. 14, 2006
A Real Mars Research Mission on Earth
Dec. 6, 2006
NASA Sends Students to the Utah Desert for Mars Research --
Two dozen explorers will soon don space suits, live in an enclosed Mars habitat and conduct a research expedition here on Earth to learn about the future exploration of the moon and Mars.
Lunar Research Station Design Challenge --
In order to prepare for exploration on the moon and Mars, NASA utilizes sites on Earth to simulate living and working on extra-terrestrial surfaces. Students, primarily in grades 5 – 8, were challenged to design and build a full- or scale-model of an Earth-based research station that would support living adaptively and working efficiently on the moon.
April 27, 2006
NASA Testing Prototype Software for Future Spaceflight --
Software that astronauts could use during spaceflight and in future lunar habitats was tested by NASA in a Utah desert April 23 to May 7, 2006.
April 24, 2006
NASA to Test Prototype Software for Future Space Trips --
Reporters are invited to observe tests of prototype software that astronauts could use in future spaceflight and in moon habitats.
April 27, 2006 - NASA Testing Prototype Software for Future Spaceflight --
Software that astronauts could use during spaceflight and in future moon habitats was tested by NASA in a Utah desert April 23 to May 7, 2006.
April 27, 2005
Beyond Science Fiction – NASA Tests Human-Robot Cooperation in Utah --
April 12, 2005 - NASA Testing Human-Robot Interactions in Utah Desert --
NASA robots and geologists are simulating an expedition to another planet during a field test expected to continue until April 15, 2005, in a Utah desert.
Messages and Reports from the MDRS
2004-2005 Field Season - Daily Reports & Photos --
April 29, 2004
NASA CONTINUES COMPUTER 'MOBILE AGENTS' AND ROBOT TESTS IN UTAH --
NASA scientists today resumed testing 'mobile agent' software that someday may help astronauts on Mars talk with mission control on Earth. The tests took place in Utah's Southeast Desert in a NASA field operation that began in late April 2004, and continued through May 9, 2004.
April 27, 2004
NASA TESTS COMPUTER 'MOBILE AGENTS' & HELPER ROBOT IN UTAH DESERT --
Intelligent 'mobile agent' software that someday may help astronaut-robot teams on Mars talk with teams on Earth are being tested by NASA in Utah's Southeast Desert in a field operation that began this week and continues through May 9.