Hypatia I

Hypatia I is a female-led mission to the Mars Desert Research Station in April 2023. Our crew aims to advance Martian research, promote space exploration and enhance scientific vocations



Hypatia has two main objectives:

  • Conduct high-quality space-related research in a Martian simulation environment on a variety of academic fields.
  • Inspire the next generations, with an emphasis on young girls —and other underrepresented groups— interested in pursuing STEM-related careers.
Hypatia I Crew


Hypatia I is a multi-disciplinary, inter-generational and all-female crew from Catalonia, Spain, composed of seven primary and two back-up members. Each member has a unique personal story, a remarkable academic background, and a deep passion for space and the exploration of Mars.


In this analog facility, our crew will conduct research to study the feasibility of a mission to Mars.

If you are offered a seat on a spacecraft, don’t ask which seat, just get on!

If you wish to support or know more about our mission, contact us and we will reach back. We are happy to collaborate!

Latest News


Hypatia I has been announced

© Photo credit to Departament de Vicepresidència i Polítiques Digitals i Territori de la Generalitat de Catalunya

Hypatia I mission was announced last 13th October at Premis Dona TIC gala, organized by the Catalan Government in Barcelona to recognize the role of women in new technologies in order to promote STEM vocations among young girls.

Mariona Badenas-Agustí, crew commander and crew astronomer of Hypatia I, gave a talk about planetary science, specifically about the search and characterization of exoplanets beyond the solar system.

At the end of the lecture, Mariona introduced for the first time Hypatia I crew, formed by nine multi-disciplinary and inter-generational women from Catalonia, to advance Martian research, promote space exploration and enhance scientific vocations. 

The audience was excited about a female-led mission to the Mars Desert Research Station and welcomed the project with a big applause. Many people showed their interest about the mission and expressed their good intentions to support it.

If you also want to support our mission, please, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be pleased to listen about you!

Awards ceremony «Premis Dona TIC 2021». Mariona Badenas-Agustí talk starts at the minute 44:20 on the video.

We are going to Mars!

Every year the Mars Society has open calls for professional scientists and engineers, as well as college students of all levels, to perform research projects and mission operations at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. The MDRS is a space analog research facility that operates eight months every year. Most crews carry out their missions under the constraints of a simulated Mars environment, with a duration from 2 to 3 weeks. The main goal of space analog missions is to support Earth-based research to pursuit the technology, operations, and science required for human space exploration.

In March 2021, the Hypatia I crew –a multi-disciplinary, inter-generational and all-female crew– applied for their first analog mission. Each member has a unique personal story and a remarkable academic background, and above all we share a deep passion for space exploration and science dissemination. Hypatia I is led by Mariona Badenas-Agusti (Crew Commander & Astronomer), who participated in a MDRS mission in 2019, and Carla Conejo González (Crew Executive Officer & Biologist). The rest of the primary team is composed by Ariadna Farrés Basiana (Crew Scientist), Laia Ribas (GreenHab Officer), Neus Sabaté and Cesca Cufí-Prat (Crew Engineers) and Núria Jar (Crew Journalist). Last but not least, the team counts with two back-up members: Anna Bach Valls and Helena Arias Casals.

We are happy to announce that our application has been accepted and that Hypatia I will travel to the MDRS on April 16-29, 2023. We can’t wait to share this experience with all of you.

From left to right: Helena Arias Casals, Laia Ribas, Neus Sabaté, Núria Jar (upper row), Carla Conejo González, Ariadna Farrés Basiana, Anna Bach Valls (lower row). Not in the picture: Mariona Badenas-Agustí, Cesca Cufí-Prat.