"Playing Mars" in the Utah Desert
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 803 , Segment 5
Episode: Rising Gas Prices, Weight Stigma in Men, Neuroscientist Loses Her Mind
- May 2, 2018 11:00 pm
- 16:09 mins
Guest: Joseph Dituri, Crew Commander of Crew 192 at the Mars Desert Research Station, Consultant for the International Board of Undersea Medicine NASA hopes to be sending people to Mars by the 2030s. But if you want to know what it might be like to live on the Red Planet today, just take a four-hour drive from Salt Lake City to a spot in the Utah desert near the town of Hanksville. For more than a decade, researchers have been marooning themselves in a tiny habitat in the desert “playing Mars” for weeks at a time. The Mars Desert Research Station is a privately-run facility funded by donors including Elon Musk of SpaceX.