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The team included two fellow PhD students from the University - Michaela Musilova, an expert in astrobiology and geomicrobiolgy, and
The aims of the expedition were to conduct research that would help prepare for future missions and to publicise the importance of space travel to Mars.
The team conducted a range of experiments, including successfully field-testing hardware developed at
Terraforming Mars was also explored, which is the process of adapting the environment of other planets to mimic that of Earth. Micro-organisms that have already been weather-tested in Arctic conditions in
Team members carried out a number of simulated surgeries using tele-surgery, linking with the Concordia Base in
Astronauts who travel to Mars in the future will not necessarily be experts in every medical field. This study investigated how medics can be supported to carry out unfamiliar procedures using tele-links and looked at issues of restricted and delayed communications in emergency situations.
The team spent two weeks in the high altitude, barren
Speaking after his return from MDRS, Ashley said: 'Overall the mission has been a success. As space agencies around the world slowly come together on the grand challenge of sending a manned mission to Mars, this sort of research is vital.
'I have no doubt that bringing the
Ashley intends to direct more
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