In pictures: 'Mars mission' in Oman's Dhofar desert

Run by the Austrian Space Forum, a mainly volunteer collective, with the backing of the Omani government, the AMADEE-18 Mars Analog Mission has brought together researchers, inventors, space professionals and enthusiasts.
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Members of the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation mission wear spacesuits while conducting scientific experiments next to an all-terrain vehicle during an analog field simulation in Oman's Dhofar desert on February 7, 2018, in a collaboration between the Austrian Space Forum and the Oman National Steering Comittee preparing for future human Mars missions.
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Members of the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation mission wearing spacesuits while conducting scientific experiments during an analog field simulation in Oman's Dhofar desert in a collaboration between the Austrian Space Forum and the Oman National Steering Comittee preparing for future human Mars missions.
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Members of the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation mission ride all-terrain vehicles while wearing spacesuits during an analog field simulation in Oman's Dhofar desert on February 7, 2018, in a collaboration between the Austrian Space Forum and the Oman National Steering Comittee preparing for future human Mars missions.
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Member of the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation mission wearing a spacesuit standing in the doorway of a simulation habitat, with a view of the night sky above in Oman's Dhofar desert, during an analog field simulation in a collaboration between the Austrian Space Forum and the Oman National Steering Comittee preparing for future human Mars missions.
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Members of the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation mission wear spacesuits while conducting scientific experiments next to all-terrain vehicles during an analog field simulation in Oman's Dhofar desert on February 7, 2018, in a collaboration between the Austrian Space Forum and the Oman National Steering Comittee preparing for future human Mars missions.
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A member of the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation mission drives an all-terrain vehicle past simulation habitats while wearing a spacesuit during an analog field simulation in Oman's Dhofar desert on February 7, 2018, in a collaboration between the Austrian Space Forum and the Oman National Steering Comittee preparing for future human Mars missions.
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Members of the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation mission wear spacesuits while conducting scientific experiments during an analog field simulation in Oman's Dhofar desert on February 7, 2018, in a collaboration between the Austrian Space Forum and the Oman National Steering Comittee preparing for future human Mars missions.
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Members of the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation mission wear spacesuits while conducting scientific experiments during an analog field simulation in Oman's Dhofar desert on February 7, 2018, in a collaboration between the Austrian Space Forum and the Oman National Steering Comittee preparing for future human Mars missions.
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Members of the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation mission ride all-terrain vehicles while wearing spacesuits during an analog field simulation in Oman's Dhofar desert on February 7, 2018, in a collaboration between the Austrian Space Forum and the Oman National Steering Comittee preparing for future human Mars missions.
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Members of the AMADEE-18 Mars simulation mission wear spacesuits while conducting scientific experiments during an analog field simulation in Oman's Dhofar desert on February 7, 2018, in a collaboration between the Austrian Space Forum and the Oman National Steering Comittee preparing for future human Mars missions.