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Fancy life on Mars? Scheme to help you get a hang of it

reporters@khaleejtimes.com Filed on February 16, 2020 | Last updated on February 16, 2020 at 06.22 am
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Analog missions are crucial in preparing humans for future exploration of Mars and other planets.

Emiratis can now register for a mission that will see subjects live in isolation for eight months to simulate living in a Martian environment. The UAE Analog Mission#1 - which is part of the Roscosmos' (the Russian space agency) Scientific International Research in Unique Terrestrial Station (SIRIUS) - will take place in the NEK ground-based analogue facility in Moscow.

According to the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), the mission will study the effects of isolation and confinement on human psychology, physiology and team dynamics to help prepare for long-duration space exploration.

Analog missions are crucial in preparing humans for future exploration of Mars and other planets. By simulating space-like conditions on Earth, analog missions play a vital role in spaceflight research. They enable space scientists to conduct experiments, develop countermeasures for space-hazards, and test new technologies.

The MBRSC is looking for Emirati candidates between the ages of 28 and 55, who are passionate about space. Shortlisted candidates will be reviewed and interviewed, and the finalists will undergo various tests, after which, the final members of CrewONE will be announced.

Yousuf Hamad AlShaibani, Director-General of the MBRSC, said this is the Emiratis' chance to "reach for the stars".

"The MBRSC is leaving no stones unturned in developing Emirati capabilities and technologies that will be instrumental in our ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars. Analog missions play a key role in developing new mindsets and technologies that are critical for future missions, and effectively, for all of humanity."

The mission is will contribute to the development of the country's ambitious Mars 2117 Programme, which aims to establish human colonies on Mars by 2117.

Adnan AlRais, Mars 2117 Programme Manager, said: "The UAE Analog Mission#1 will be a simulation of the environment and living conditions on Mars. We will conduct a series of behavioural experiments, the results of which will enable us to better prepare for crewed missions to Mars. The participants will be confined within the laboratories and carry out various experiments and simulated tasks. We are looking forward to the outcome of these results as it will enable us to better understand the effects of isolation and confinement on the human body and mind." sahim@khaleejtimes.com

All you need to know: Analog Mission #1

The mission will take place in the NEK ground-based analogue facility in Moscow


It will study the effects of isolation and confinement on human psychology, physiology and team dynamics to help prepare for long-duration space exploration

Analog missions help scientists conduct a, develop countermeasures for space hazards, and test technology


The 8-month mission will see subjects live in isolation to simulate living in a Martian environment.

To apply, you have to be:

An Emirati

Aged betweed 28 and 55

Passionate about space

Able to communicate ?in English

Preferred occupations

> Physicians
> Medical investigators
> Physiologists
> Biologists
> Life-support specialists
> IT and electronics professionals

How to apply
To register your interest and apply, contact ?analog.mission@mbrsc.ae

Staff Reporter





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