Special Webinar: AMADEE-18 Mars Analog Simulation – Live from the Oman desert, 5 February 2018, 16:00 UTC, 17:00 CET
In February 2018, the Austrian Space Forum – in partnership with the Oman National Steering Comittee for AMADEE-18 – will conduct an highly international Mars analog field simulation in the Dhofar region, Oman. Directed by a Mission Support Center in Austria, a small field crew will conduct experiments preparing for future human Mars missions in the fields of engineering, planetary surface operations, astrobiology, geophysics/geology, life sciences and other. More than 200 people from 25 nations are involved in this 4-week Mars analog simulation.
Conducting field research in a representative environment is an excellent tool to gain operational experience and understand the advantages and limitations of remote science operations on other planetary bodies. This field mission is designed to be:
an opportunity to study equipment, procedures and workflows under Mars analog conditions with humans-in-the-loop.
a platform for testing life-detection or geophysical techniques, terrain tests for rovers and increase the situational awareness of remote support teams,
studying the test site as a model region for Martian deserts and extreme life,
serving as an outreach platform to enhance the visibility of planetary sciences