Entering week 2 of the tests, crew A begins a series of Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVAs) and Crew B commences living in the Deep Space Habitat.
Dr. Sarah Noble, a NASA geologist, explains how the Apollo missions used the "science backroom" in Mission Control, and compares it to today's science backroom for Desert RATS.
Dr. Jose Hurtado, geologist and crew member for 2009, 2010, and 2011 Desert RATS, describes the experience of living in the Deep Space Habitat during the mission and using the GeoLab to do science.
Dean Eppler, Science Operations Lead for 2011 Desert RATS describes the role of the science team in supporting operations and the importance of field testing.
Planetary geologist Dr. Jacob Bleacher explains the new human exploration operations, communications scenarios and lots of new hardware tested at DRATS.
NASA's Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS) will conduct their 14th field testing mission for future exploration, from Aug. 27 - Sept. 12.
Students video conference with the Pavilion Lake team, learning how research conducted in lakes here on Earth can help understand the solar system and the universe.
Microbialites may reveal answers to some of science's most profound questions: What did some of the earliest life on this planet look like? How did it survive and evolve?
Moving to a new location, Kelly Lake, brings a new set of challenges on Day 1 as the subs' navigation software encounters a few bugs.