“Analog astronauts” trained for Mars mission

An astronaut is in a special training for Mars mission at the Ramon crater in Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev desert of southern Israel on October 31, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

An “astronaut” is in a special training for Mars mission at the Ramon crater in Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev desert of southern Israel on October 31, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)


An astronaut is in a special training for Mars mission at the Ramon crater in the Negev desert of southern Israel on October 31, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

An “astronaut” is in a special training for Mars mission at the Ramon crater in the Negev desert of southern Israel on October 31, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

An astronaut is in a special training for Mars mission at the Ramon crater in the Negev desert of southern Israel on October 31, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

An “astronaut” is in a special training for Mars mission at the Ramon crater in the Negev desert of southern Israel on October 31, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

An astronaut is in a special training for Mars mission at the Ramon crater in the Negev desert of southern Israel on October 31, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

An “astronaut” is in a special training for Mars mission at the Ramon crater in the Negev desert of southern Israel on October 31, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)

The Austrian Space Forum set up a purported Mars base with the Israeli space agency Makhtesh Ramon in the Negev desert of southern Israel.

Six “analog astronauts” from Portugal, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Israel carried out a special training mission at the 500-meter-deep, 40-kilometer-wide Ramon crater, which simulated a station outside the site.

During the three-week mission, the “astronauts” have remained in complete isolation to simulate a space station. They also conducted a series of experiments to collect scientific data for a future human expedition to Mars.

Makhtesh Ramon is one of the few places in the world that is similar to the conditions on Mars in terms of earth structure, minerals, remote location and otherwise extreme conditions.

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