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The application process has begun for positions on a simulated mission to Mars that will isolate participants in the Arctic of Canada for one year starting in July 2014 as part of the Mars Arctic 365 project.
The application process has begun for positions on a simulated mission to Mars that will isolate participants in the Canadian Arctic for one year starting in July 2014 as part of the Mars Arctic 365 project.
A non-profit group known as the Mars Society is looking for six volunteers to spend a year at their Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station on Devon Island in Northern Canada, nearly 900 miles from the North Pole.
The volunteer crew will spend their time researching scientific data and will have to wear space suits when outside the station.
Requirements for volunteers include being between the ages of 22 and 60, and having a four year college degree or equivalent experience.
Experts in science, engineering, and first aid are preferred, and all applications for the Mars Arctic 365 simulation are due by November 30th of 2013.
There have been other Mars mission simulations done by groups like the Mars 500 in Russia.
Another project for a proposed one way mission to Mars in the year 2023 from the group Mars One in the Netherlands has received over 200 thousand applications.