Expedition Two: A Multi-Goal Mars Analogue Expedition to
Dr. Jonathan Clarke
Australian Centre for
Abstract: Expedition Two is the second in a
series of fifteen pre-planned expeditions to Mars analogue locations
worldwide under the auspices of the Mars Expedition Research Council (MERC).
The long-term goal of the expeditions is to develop the strategies and
technologies that will result in successful "Humans to Mars"
surface exploration missions that are optimized for efficient science return.
The goals of Expedition Two are threefold: research, outreach, and site
selection for Mars Oz. The research goal will be met by a wide range of
research projects in an approximately 200 km radius of Arkaroola in the
There will be three main themes to the research: Field Science - Baseline geological and biological data on the field area and its Mars analogue significance. Sites visited will include springs, watercourses, dry lakes, outwash fans and dune fields. Field Engineering and Exploration Operations - Trials of the MarsSkin 3 analogue Mechanical Counter Pressure suit and associated systems, such as data loggers and a range of spectrometers such as the PIMA. Human Factors – psychological profiling of an international, multi-disciplinary team of expeditioners, cognitive function, leadership philosophies, and crew social interaction. Because simulation is not a key part of the expedition, this will allow comparison of many performance indicators with those expeditions to places, such as MDRS and FMARS, which are carried out under such conditions. In addition to the science and engineering goals, the expedition will provide an excellent platform for public education and outreach.
Outreach - Previous expeditions by MSA (Jarntimarra-1 in 2001) and
the first joint Mars Society Expedition (Expedition One to Utah in 2003) led
to extensive print, broadcast, and web-based coverage in Australia, Canada,
the US, and France, as well as internationally through the BBC. The publicity
and outreach will heighten the profile of the Mars Society, sponsoring
agencies, and both Mars analogue and
Education - Expedition two will be interacting with groups of
students from the
PROFILE: Dr Jonathan Clarke is
Director of Field Research with Mars Society Australia. A Canberra-based
geologist with experience in the mineral and petroleum industry, academia,
and in government surveys, Jonathan now works for Geoscience
PROFILE: Rocky Persaud is pursuing graduate studies at