For the first time ever in Israel, scientists recently experienced what it is like to live on Mars. The project took place in the heart of the Negev desert, which was selected as the ideal environment because it is similar to Mars in terms of soil structure, geology and isolation.







Life on Mars without leaving Israel

Life on Mars without leaving Israel Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Six Israeli scientists have experienced what it is like to live on Mars without leaving Earth. As part of the Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station (D-Mars) Project, the scientists lived for five days in a specialized facility that simulates the environment of Mars.

The facility was built in the heart of the Negev desert by students at the prestigious Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The location near Mitzpe Ramon was chosen because it is similar to the Red Planet in terms of soil structure, geology and isolation.

The D-Mars Project, the first of its kind in Israel, was led by Hillel Rubinstein, a postdoctoral student at Ben-Gurion University, and carried out in conjunction with the Israel Space Agency and the Israeli Science, Technology and Space Ministry.







Life on Mars without leaving Israel

Life on Mars without leaving Israel Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

According to the D-MARS website, the main goal of the project was “to promote space-related science and technology in Israel through the creation of analog infrastructure for academic research and technological development.”