Inching a step closer towards the much fantasised 'life on Mars', an all-Indian crew, for the first time, is set to get the Mars experience. The crew will take part in a two-week Mars-related research assignment (MDRS) in Utah, US.

The participants will get to experience a simulated Martian environment to understand the challenges to be faced. The crew will take part in the assignment between January 28 and February 12, 2017, reports The Times of India.

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The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), owned and operated by the Mars Society, is a full-scale analog facility in Utah that supports Earth-based research in pursuit of the technology, operations, and science required for human space exploration. It hosts an eight-month field season for professional scientists and engineers as well as college students of all levels, in training for human operations on Mars.

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