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En route to Mars

A four-week experiment by Austrian researchers to simulate the exploration of the surface of Mars gets underway in the deserts of Oman on Thursday. A team of six will spend the time in complete isolation, using robotic rovers, a drone, and an inflatable greenhouse in a series of experiments. Dr Carmen Köhler is a team member.

(Picture: Members of the Austrian Space Forum inspect a site in Oman's Dhofar desert. Credit: GIUSEPPE ACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

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