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In sunglasses and jumpsuits, a crew of European test astronauts is laying the groundwork for a Mars simulation in the barren expanse of the Omani desert, a terrestrial mission intended to pave the way to the red planet. The "analog astronauts" of the Austrian Space Forum – a volunteer-based collective – have arrived in Oman to begin preparations for a four-week simulation mission due to begin next year.The team hopes the simulation will help nail down future tools and procedures for the first manned mission to Mars.Field commander Gernot Groemer predicts a Mars mission may be carried out by a collective of the United States, Russia, Europe and possibly China relatively soon – with the first human to set foot on the red planet maybe already born.Monday the Austrian Space Forum signed a memorandum of understanding with Oman, making the sultanate's selection as the mission site official.
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