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Mechanical Engineering Student on a Mission to "Mars"

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Mechanical Engineering Student on a Mission to "Mars"

Over the 2010 winter term, three engineering students from the Clark School traveled to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, to participate in a weeklong simulated mission to Mars, where they collaborated with an elite group of students from around the country as part of a multidisciplinary team of researchers.  Mars Desert Research Station While at the MDRS site, located near the small isolated town of Hanksville, Utah, the Clark School team conducted scientific research in the dusty crater-filled "Martian" landscape. Their work was part of the Drilling on the Moon and Mars and Human Exploration (DOMMEX) project, which provides a unique opportunity for engineering students to gain hands-on experience with technical and scientific challenges, strengthening NASA’s and the nation's future workforce. Some of the experiments included: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), soil surveys, endolithic identification, biosignatures of shell fossils, and the application of human exploration operations metrics. 

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