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Authors' Class Standing

Lycourgos Manolopoulos, Senior Ashley Hollis-Bussey, Senior John Herman, Sophomore Hiroki Sugimoto, Junior Cassandra Vella, Sophomore Marc Carofano, Sophomore

Lead Presenter's Name

Lycourgos Manolopoulos

Faculty Mentor Name

Jason Kring

Abstract

The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is a research program which is owned and operated by the Mars Society. MDRS is a space analog facility located in Hanksville, Utah that hosts field seasons that are two weeks long where professional scientists as well as undergraduate students may attend. The relative isolation of the facility allowed for rigorous field studies for research in a two week simulation that acts as if the crew members are conducting a real expedition on Mars. Participants are assigned specific roles and tasks that are typically aligned with their research topics as well as their educational backgrounds. Six students were selected from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to attend in December of 2015. Two main studies were conducted at the station which included memory tracking in isolated environments which included survey questions as well as timed puzzles to observe any consequences, and monitoring solar radiation levels and the corresponding consequences on personality/characteristic.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes

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Simulation on Mars - Mars Desert Research Station ERAU Crew 160 Rotation

The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is a research program which is owned and operated by the Mars Society. MDRS is a space analog facility located in Hanksville, Utah that hosts field seasons that are two weeks long where professional scientists as well as undergraduate students may attend. The relative isolation of the facility allowed for rigorous field studies for research in a two week simulation that acts as if the crew members are conducting a real expedition on Mars. Participants are assigned specific roles and tasks that are typically aligned with their research topics as well as their educational backgrounds. Six students were selected from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to attend in December of 2015. Two main studies were conducted at the station which included memory tracking in isolated environments which included survey questions as well as timed puzzles to observe any consequences, and monitoring solar radiation levels and the corresponding consequences on personality/characteristic.

 

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