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Exercise space travel to Mars on lava fields in Iceland



A gravel road to Langjökull, ten kilometers from Reykjavik, passes through an abandoned rocky landscape. Stock photo.picture: PONTUS LUNDAHL / TT

Black beaches, harsh landscapes and lava fields on glaciers. NASA has found the perfect place to prepare for the next Mars trip in 2020 – to Iceland, which, according to experts, is in many ways reminiscent of Mars.

For three weeks, a team of 15 people is on site at the Lambahraun Lava Field on the second largest glacier in the country, Langjökull, to develop a prototype for a new electric-powered four-wheeler that will be in charge of exploring and collecting data on the planet.

The idea is for the prototype to replace the current Curiosity spacecraft exploring Mars, and if ever any life on the planet, from 2012.


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