We are the Mars Desert Research Station Crew 210: live from the Utah desert working on a Mars Biological Research Project. AMA!
Let’s get ready for Mars! We are the Mars Desert Research Station biological research team, Crew 210. We are David Murray, Mike Irvine, Paul Sokoloff, Shannon Rupert and Samantha McBeth.
Have you ever wondered how science projects are created for space? How astrobiology is a field of biology, while the only place we have ever studied life is on Earth? With live Earth analogues.
The MDRS Crew 210 is checking in from the Mars Society base in the Utah desert. By bringing traditional earthbound tools and techniques (such as plant presses and quadrats) to these space age surroundings, our team is working to identify and describe the biodiversity within the deserts surrounding the Mars Desert Research Station.
Out of the team of 5 people for doing biological research in this Mars analogue, 3 are from Canada and 2 are from the USA.
Ask a Martian Anything!
Edit: 04/16/2019 21:00 MDT Please keep the questions coming! We'll be doing a bit of lab work for our samples from today, but we'll keep answering questions throughout the night and tomorrow morning. Cheers! - MDRS210
Edit 2: 04/17/2019 9:00 MDT These questions have been awesome and we are looking forward to more! We are going out into the field but please feel free to ask your questions, and we’ll get back to you tonight. Check out https://twitter.com/LiveItearth/ or follow #MDRS210 and #MarsBio for our daily updates and fun facts that we’ve been pisting from the MDRS. - MDRS210
Edit 3: 04/17/2019 18:30 MDT Thank you all so much for participating. These questions have been super fun, but hard to keep up with while in the desert. We’ll try to answer what we can over the rest of the week. As this is voluntary science work that we do on top of our real jobs, support us by sharing, commenting our posts on social media and by donation here: paypal.me/LiveItEarth - MDRS210