The Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah.




MDRS 2016-2017 Field Season Applications Information



Crews - MDRS 2015-16 Field Season

Oct 24 – Nov 8, 2015— Crew 155—Mars Society Crew (First Engineers)

Nov 7- 15, 2015— Crew 156—Wilderness Medical Society

Nov 14 – 29, 2015—Crew 157—Team Mexico (Cancelled)

Nov 28 – Dec 13, 2015—Crew 158— Mars Without Borders

Dec 12 -27, 2015—Crew 159—Mars Society Crew

Dec 26, 2015 – Jan 10, 2016—Crew 160- ERAU

Jan 9 – 24, 2016—Crew 161—Team Skoltech

Jan 23-Feb 7, 2016—Crew 162-- International Space University (ISU)

Feb 2-21, 2016
—Crew 163—Project Poseidon

Feb 20- Mar 6, 2015—Crew 164—Supaero

Mar 5- 20, 2016—Crew 165— Team Nippon/Tharsis II

Mar 19- Apr 3, 2016
—Crew 166—Mission to Mars UCL


Apr 2-17, 2016—Crews 167 A&B—Lone Star Highlanders - Crew 167A and Crew 167B

Apr 16-24, 2016
Mars Analog Field Science Course

April 23- May 1, 2016
Crew 168Wilderness Medical Society

April 30-May 15, 2016—Crew 169—Team Peru IV


Public Visits to MDRS
We receive a lot of requests to visit the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah. In addition, a number of you stop by the facility (unannounced). We welcome each and every one of you, however, during the annual MDRS field season, which runs from September through May, please respect that our simulation-isolation facility is intended for research and testing to help further our understanding of human Mars exploration.

We kindly ask that you do not approach the MDRS station if you don’t see anyone in the area. During this time, the crew will be in full simulation, meaning they are either inside the habitat or out in the field carrying out important research, but they are definitely there and should not be disturbed or approached. If you are in the area, please stay on the main road for viewing.

If you happen to stop by on a day when there are people outside the MDRS station who are not in spacesuits, then you have arrived on a crew change-over day or during a crew work visit day, both of which means the crew is not in simulation. On these occasions, you can come up to the station and ask if it is possible to have a brief tour of the habitat. If convenient, we will be happy to show you around and talk a little about what we are doing.

For our MDRS crews, the habitat is their home “on Mars”. It is at their discretion whether or not you will be allowed to enter the facility or how much of the habitat you will get to see. Please don’t be offended if you are not invited inside the station. The work at MDRS is very important, as is sharing it with the general public. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you.