Mars Desert Research Station

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Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is a simulated Mars habitat that serves as a testbed for field operations studies in preparation for future human missions to Mars. As crew engineer, I was responsible for maintenance and repair of self-sustaining HAB and all equipment, such as repairing spacesuits, water system, radios, generator, ATVs, & observatory. We worked on scientific research experiments by participating in EVAs to collect soil samples to search for extremophiles (halophiles and endophiles), microgravity simulation for human factors analysis, EVA mobility studies, HAB distance education, spectroscopy of the planets and stars, collection and testing of samples for E.Coli, and biology experiments such as Space-Exposed Cinnamon Basil seeds flown on NASA STS-118.