"vacuum cleaner" experiment
80-Day Mock Mars Mission Begins Saturday in Utah - space.com
Seven explorers are about to embark upon an 80-day simulated mission to Mars.
On Saturday (Sept. 24), the crewmembers of the Mars 80 mission — who hail from France, Japan, Russia, Australia, India and Canada — will begin work at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), a facility in the Utah desert run by the nonprofit Mars Society.
For example, the Mars 80 explorers will clean their clothes by exposing the garments to a vacuum environment, without using any water, soap or chemicals.
"Will the clothes feel and smell clean enough that morale will not be impacted by the degree of compromise that we're making?" said Mars Society President Robert Zubrin, the principal investigator of this "vacuum cleaner" experiment.
A recent view of the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in the southern Utah desert. Seven explorers will begin an 80-day mission at the facility on Sept. 24, 2016.
Credit: The Mars Society