1998

The Foundation contributed $1,000 to this unique research in the High Canadian Arctic.

Using an arctic impact crater to prepare for the exploration of Mars
Category : Use of the Earth’s environments and natural resources to understand extraterrestrial environments and assist the human exploration of space
Institution : NASA/HMP, USA

The Haughton-Mars Project is a multi-disciplinary project directed at using the Haughton impact structure, a 22 million year old asteroid or comet impact structure, as a Mars analog site. The crater is situated on Devon Island at 75 degrees north in the Canadian High Arctic.

As well as studying the geology and biology of the site with a special emphasis on Mars-analog related research, the site is also being used to test a diversity of technologies to prepare for the human exploration of Mars. These include communications technology, space suits, vehicular operations and other activities associated with the surface exploration of Mars. The project was the first large-scale preparation for sending humans to Mars and is also the site of the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station, a simulation of a human Mars base.