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The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is a research program which is owned and operated by the Mars Society. The MDRS is located in Hanksville, Utah which hosts simulations that are typically two weeks long for professional scientists and engineers as well as college students of all levels, in training for human operations specifically on Mars. This space analog facility is in isolation, allowing for rigorous field studies regarding research that represents a true mission 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 and the monitoring of solar radiation levels with the corresponding consequences on personality/characteristic traits. The results showed that the isolated environment as well as social factors may have attributed to the data obtained, including induced stress that may have occurred from daily tasks.

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Undergraduate Research