In August 2015, the Austrian Space Forum and international partners will conduct a two-week Mars simulation mission in the Kaunertal glacier region, Austria.

Directed by a Mission Support Center in Innsbruck/Austria, a small field crew performs experiments preparing for future human Mars missions in the fields of engineering, planetary surface operations, astrobiology and geosciences.

Analog astronauts in spacesuit simulators, in partnership with robotic vehicles, supported by an international Remote Science Support team will emulate the exploration of a Martian (rock) glacier.


NameDescriptionOrganisationPrincipal Investigator
AOUDA.SAouda Sierra - analog astronaut space-suitAustrian Space Forum, Sillufer 3a, 6020 Innsbruck, AustriaDr. Gernot Groemer
AOUDA.XAouda X-ray - analog astronaut space-suitAustrian Space Forum, Sillufer 3a, 6020 Innsbruck, AustriaDr. Gernot Groemer
BCC Balloon  Carried Camera - A balloon carried camera is a way of documenting analog EVAs. The balloon is tethered to the analog astronaut thus following the astronaut evolution. Planète Mars Association Alain Souchier, Stephan Gerard
CliffbotCliff Reconnaissance Vehicle - The Cliffbot is a vehicle designed for acquisition of information on slopes or holes which are not accessible by an astronaut in spacesuitPlanète Mars AssociationAlain Souchier, Stephan Gerard
FOGMobile water fog shower suitcase with a low water consumption - Test of the effectiveness of washing a human body in the experimental low water consumption mobile shower cabin under the conditions of limited water resources.Proxim, PolandWojciech Kowalik
GPRoGGround Penetrating Radar on Glaciers - Application of Ground Penetrating Radar for mapping and visualizing bedrock topography, estimating ice thickness and volume of the glacier.Department of Geophysics and Seismology, University of Athens: Panepistimioupoli, 15701, IlissiaAlexandra Zavitsanou
LICHENRelative dating of moraines - Analog astronauts will examine usefulness of methods or relative dating of moraines and determine their usefulness for future Mars missions.Warsaw UniversityMaciej Dąbski, Anna Łosiak
LIFELaser Induced Fluorescence Emission - Apply a laser-induced fluorescence emission technique to detect fluorescence bio-signatures in supraglacial habitats. Organisms can be traced by the detection of intracellular porphyrin derivates.Institute of Ecology, Austrian Polar Research Institute, University of InnsbruckKlemens Weisleitner, Birgit Sattler
MaDeDental treatment on mars - This research project showcases the technical feasibility of 3D Technology in combination with dental technology. This innovative approach presents a new field for human spaceflight. Based on a theoretical medical emergency case, the technical procedure will be simulated under ‘simulated Mars’ conditions. The results will be evaluated concerning future potential applications.Space-craft Architektur; Meusburger DentaltechnikSandra Häuplik-Meusburger, Herwig Meusburger
MASEGlacier as Mars Analogue site for microbial Space Exploration - Assessing the habitability of Mars and detecting life, if it was ever there, depends on the knowledge of life itself and its tolerance towards (extreme) environmental conditions. In particular, many combinations of stress, such as high radiation conditions combined with high salt and low temperature, relevant for early Mars, have not been investigated.Medical University Graz, Department of Internal Medicine, German Aerospace Center (DLR)Dr. Christine Moissl-Eichinger, Petra Rettberg
Puli RocksRover assistance to human explorers - Rover assistance to human explorers to find relevant rock samples by scouting/mapping the exploration area. The rover moves remotely controlled over the surface of the planet to find points of interest for the analog astronauts.Puli Space TechnologiesTibor Pacher, Mátyás Hazadi
SPTSPSurvey for Psychological Tools for Selection of Participants - Identify psychological tools for the diagnosis of personality traits that may provide prediction of participants’ behavior during the analog simulation, with particular emphasis on conflict situations.Student Research Group of Aviation and Space Psychology, Warsaw UniversityAleksandra Piotrowska
VEMESVirtualization Experiment for Mars Expedition Simulations - Joint virtual/real EVAs to be conducted, where 2 astronauts will be conducting a traditional EVA wearing the Aouda spacesuits, and 2 others will be conducting a very similar EVA in a virtual environment provided by V-ERAS. All four EVAs will be managed by the mission control centre. Performance of mission controllers and the requirements on them will be assessed, and the performance of the virtual environment will be compared to the traditional EVA for astronaut training purposes. Astronaut performance will also be assessed. Italian Mars Society; ÖWFFranco Carbognani, Gernot Grömer
WoRISWeathering of Rocks at the Ice Surface: The WoRIS-Albedo experiment consists of six stations forming a system and located close to each other. Each station contains a plexi-glass box with a block of glacial ice laying on a net located inside the box and plates characterized by different albedo that are placed on the top of the ice. The WoRIS-Emissivity consists of a single station consisting of four aluminium rollers (characterized by different surface emissivity) and a single reference stick.Liceum Ogólnoksztalczace Nr. XII; Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of SciencesAlicja Szpakowska, Anna Losiak, Tomasz Czerepak
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