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Want to take a walk on Mars? Head to southern Utah

Published May 3, 2014 10:07 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

An astronaut in a bright, orange jumpsuit walks along the ice-covered, rust-colored ground.

There's the requisite oxygen tank and other environmental protective gear to survive the harsh surroundings of an alien world.

But this isn't another planet, it's right here in our backyard.

Volunteer researchers at the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville eat dehydrated food, live in tight quarters and communicate with Earth via radio. Any time they walk outside, it has to be in the full gear that would allow them to survive in the Martian atmosphere.

The Mashable video above details what life is like on the Red Planet. It's training ground for folks who have signed up for the Mars One project, and allows others to get as close as they likely ever will to stepping foot on another planet.

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