Solar System Research

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Antarctica as a testing ground for manned missions to the Moon and Mars



This paper is concerned with the study of expedition activity in Antarctica as a part of the search for useful analogies and solutions which can be taken into account in planning manned missions to the Moon and Mars. The following is considered: natural analogies, human factors, station facilities, means of transportation, scientific programs, safety issues, and historical and political analogies. A rationalization is given for the idea of creating a testing ground in Antarctica (stations Vostok, Novolazarevskaya, Jetty Oasis) for ground-based simulation of functioning of a lunar and Martian base.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Physical-Chemical and Biological Problems of Soil ScienceRussian Academy of SciencesPushchinoRussia
  2. 2.Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry and Analytical ChemistryRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Saint-PetersburgMoscowRussia

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