MAX collaborator Julia DeMarines from MARS as simulated at the Mars Desert Research Simulator. How long will it be before we receive a post from MARS, P.O. Box 4th planet from the sun, The Milky Way? If you look at the fine print of her post – Yes! an artist is on the practice mission. Will the actual rocket launchers include an artist in an early mission? Hmm. That is something to campaign for.

From Julia: “Today is day 5 (or sol 5) on Mars… or more like “Mars.” I have entered a two-week Mars simulation in the middle of Utah with five other crew-mates. The program is called the Mars Desert Research Station, or MDRS for short, and it gives crews a chance to experience the isolation and the collaboration of what a mission to Mars might actually be like. I am on MDRS crew 188 and our crew is comprised of alums of various International Space University programs. Each crew member has their own role and call name for the radio communication we use.”

Meet our crew

  • Ryan Kobric (USA/Canada) is our Commander (call name – KOB 1 – like Obi-wan)
  • Renee Garifi (USA) is our Executive Officer (call name – Llama Llama)
  • Zac Trolley (Canada) is our Engineer (call name – Boltz)
  • Tatsunari Tomiyama (Japan) is our Health and Safety Officer (call name – Tom Cat)
  • Sarah Jane Pell (Australia) is our Artist in Residence (call name SJ)
  • I am their Crew Astronomer and Green Hab Officer (more on this later) and my call name is Jules Verne (amirite?!?!)

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