Mars on Earth is an initiative of the POLARIS project, which aims to promote a new model of travel, an alternative tourism based on scientific learning. For decades, the conquest of space, beyond being a reality, has made humanity dream in distant worlds. Space exploration is the paradigm of scientific travel and the astronaut the paradigm of the traveler, the explorer of these new worlds. Scientists travel to research, and now tourists do the same to understand and learn about the world. The arrival of humans on the red planet poses possibilities as well as challenges, and the great unknown of whether we will be able to do better than on Earth. Doing better means not considering Mars our planet B and better understanding the one that we have been lucky enough to inhabit. The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is this Mars on Earth. The Mars Society’s analog station is a point of scientific interest not only for researchers and engineers, but also for the public. This initiative aims to make society aware of the wonders of this remote place, the purpose of analog missions, the projects that will be developed during our mission, and the experience of our crew on this great journey of scientific exploration.
Thanks to the advances in technology, nowadays we all have a GPS device on our phone and have forgotten how much navigation has changed over the past 30 years. This activity is meant to emphasize the challenges and importance of navigation and show how it has changed our lives. We will combine videos and easy experiments to do at home to understand how navigation works and how can we navigate wi
‘The sounds of Mars’ is narrative podcast about the Hypatia I crew members’ scientific projects and our experience at the MDRS. A huge experience recorded with just a little microphone from a remote place.
Before, during and after our mission at the MDRS, I will be writing feature articles for the media outlets in which I am a contributor. As they usually do not have any budget to have correspondents or send reporters to other places, this will become a unique opportunity to pitch new science stories.
During our experience at the MDRS, I will keep a journal in order to compile material to write a long-form story, that it could be published as a book for the general public. I have already published one book and I have relationship with several editors and publishers in Spain.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
— Marie Curie, radioactivity researcher and two-time Nobel Prize winner