RAKYATKU.COM – A manned mission to Mars has long been the subject of science fiction. But such ambitions are now a reality thanks to the tremendous technological advances made in recent years.
And now NASA has been working with Google to train scientists and test the technology for future exploration of Mars on the remote Arctic island, quoted on Express.co.uk, Sunday (07/04/2019).
Although manned missions to Mars remain a far-reaching reality, NASA's North American space researchers are preparing.
And the best way to prepare for a hostile and brutal Martian environment is to simulate as much experience as possible.
That's why Devon Island – considered one of the most Mars-like places found on Earth – is home to the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP), a collaboration between NASA and Google – chosen for the project.
Project planetary scientist Dr. Pascal Lee, director of NASA's HMP at the Ames Research Center, outlines the benefits of collaboration for Express.co.uk.
Dr. Lee said: "Going to Mars is a great challenge and it is necessary for humanity to work together to make that happen.
"Google helps us plan the exploration of Mars in the future.
"We see Google as a technology partner in terms of information and public outreach to share information with the rest of the world as well as technology partners for tools that astronauts will use when exploring Moon and Mars.
"For example, how would you display a location map when you were on the road?
"We have Google Moon and Google Mars, which already exist, that can be tuned for use by explorers."
And parallel to science, the Haughton-Mars Project has an exploration program, studying how Mars can be explored in the future.
Lee said: "Outerwear is one of the challenges we face in sending humans to Mars.
"It's often said that going to Mars is just a matter of political will and technology is there.
"The truth is that there is still a lot of work to be done on the technology side.
"And I do not see obstacles that can not be overcome, but there is still work to be done.
NASA and Google are currently testing the next generation of space clothes on Devon Island.