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MDRS Crews 2006

NASA, in partnership with the Mars Society, will be leading a series of two-week student training and research missions to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. There will be four two-week expeditions mounted in November 2006 through April 2007. Crews and their crew commanders are:

Crew 51 - October 25 - November 25, 2006 Engineering Team
Crew 52 - November 25 - December 10, 2006, Commander Jon Rask
Crew 53 - December 9 - 22, 2006, Commander Jen Heldmann
Crew 54 - December 21 - January 7, 2007, Commander Heather Smith
Crew 55 - January 6 - 21, 2007, Commander Melissa Battler
Crew 61 - April 2007, Commander Chip Shepherd

Watch the Webcast December 12 from NASA Ames and the MDRS
Watch the web cams of the MDRS crews
A day in the MDRS with Bill Clancey
Utah News Article: Utah's Mars clone serves as training site

Pending continued support from NASA HQ we expect to continue this program next year and will be accepting applications for next year starting in summer 2007.
Background information on Spaceward Bound MDRS

Read more about the Mars Desert Research Station



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