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Antarctica’s climate, terrain, temperature, and isolation provide an environment on Earth that closely parallels the conditions of isolation and stress that astronauts will face on long-duration missions in space. This analog provides a unique and accessible test bed to develop prototype systems and technologies for use on the Moon and Mars. 




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Clowning Around Lightens the Load: NASA Studies Team Dynamics in Antarctica

Often called “White Mars” because of its desolation and extreme environment, teams working in Antarctica are ripe for psychological studies…

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NASA’s IceBridge Antarctic Campaign Wraps Up
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NASA’s Operation IceBridge recently completed its 2014 Antarctic campaign, marking the mission’s sixth set of flights over Antarctica. During the…