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FMARS 2009 A Scientific Mission by the Mars Society W. Vernon Kramer – DMC Geology Instructor FMARS 2009 Commander.

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1 FMARS 2009 A Scientific Mission by the Mars Society W. Vernon Kramer – DMC Geology Instructor FMARS 2009 Commander

2 Mars Society An international organization devoted the studies of sustaining a human settlement on Mars

3 This is done by performing simulated Mars missions where participants live in a Mars habitat and work outside in simulated space suits MDRS near Hanksville, UT

4 The Mars Society maintains a second habitat near Resolute on Devon Island

5 About 600 miles North of Arctic Circle Largest uninhabited island size of West Virginia

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8 Haughton Crater ~ 30 MY old meteor crater; ~23 km in diameter; Arctic desert An ideal environment for a Mars simulation

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11 Stop for a moment to meet the crew of FMARS 2009

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13 Meet at Resolute, Nunavut on July 28, 2009

14 Population less than 500

15 Home for the month of July for six Mars settlers 25 feet in diameter and ~ 20 feet high Outside in simulation

16 Travel by ATV and all outside activity with suits

17 Just like on Mars

18 All mapping: UTM NAD83/WGS84 bordering Zone 16 using Tule, Greenland 10 meter contours FMARS at N; E Haughton Crater IOL – Inuit Owned Lands

19 Geologic map

20 Notice the red dots Hydrothermal pipes

21 Examples of a hydrothermal pipe Of the more than 70 pipes, most were found by walking over the terrain (without a space suit)

22 Our mission is to find these various types of pipes with a UAV and sample the pipes for useful minerals (all within a space suit, helmet and thick gloves! Then we will further test these with EM geophysics

23 Remotely controlled Prioria Maveric UAS with GPS, with cameras that can take high resolution color and infrared photos

24 Nikon CoolPix P6000 with geotagging All sampling will be GPS tagged with Nikon donated cameras

25 All field data will be collected using a DMC loaned Trimble GeoXM (with training by John Nelson - DMC) A variety of other GPS units will be used for navigation (including loaners from DMC) And all GPS data will be integrated using ARCMAP (from DMC IT, with training by DMC John Nelson)

26 Traverse of an unmanned rover for a couple of months

27 The reality of Mars, a +1,000 M hill of sulfate mineralization

28 By men in space suits in a few days

29 We must find usable minerals on Mars for this to happen!


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