Outback Australia’s Role in Reaching Mars

How would you imagine scientists are preparing for NASA and The European Space Agency’s Mars 2020 mission?

Test flights? Zero gravity contraptions? How about field trips to the remote Pilbara region on Western Australia?

NASA and ESA scientists recently spent a week in the remote outback of Australia undertaking specialist training to aid in the identification of signs of life in ancient rocks at a secret site.  International scientists were joined by UNSW Sydney’s Australian Center for Astrobiology Director Martin Van Kranendonk, who spoke with Miriam Webber about the amazing project and it’s implications for future space travel.

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