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The Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, where a crew of New Zealanders recently performed a two-week simulated mission to Mars. (courtesy photo)
Kiwi crew visits 'Mars' in Utah

New Zealand has sent its first citizens to Mars. Well, sort of -- in reality, they were in Utah.

A group of six New Zealanders recently completed a two-week simulated mission at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah, according to an article in the New Zealand Herald.

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The three men and three women of the KiwiMars team lived together in a two-story, 10-meter-wide "environment" with greenhouse and observatory to replicate the conditions of a mission to Mars.

"When you get to such a place, everything is alien," mission commander Haritina Mogosanu said. "People do get nervous, they get scared and a little bit on edge because they don't know how to react. It's like a survival camp."

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