An All-Female Crew On The Mars Desert Research Station In Utah
An all-female crew has been selected by the Mars Society to participate on a two-week mission on the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, USA that will take place in February 2021.
Being one of the few all-female MDRS crew, the six women will take this opportunity to study the scientific, social, and medical performances of the team.
Performances will be assessed on both an individual and group scale and based on criteria such as achievements, food/fluid consumption, vital signs, length of EVAs, amount of sleep etc… Some methods include individual mission logs (videotaped or hand-written), individual vital signs record (e.g., using a connected watch for heartbeat, number of steps, body temperature, blood pressure), food/fluid consumption records, length of menstruations if applicable.
Moreover, each crew member will be required to provide a research log, monitoring their research objectives, achievements, and obstacles encountered. These mission logs will represent a significant part of the group performance assessment.
This research aims to provide crucial data on female performance in space exploration that is currently lacking in the literature.
In addition to teamwork experiments, each of the crewmember will lead different projects directly linked to their field of expertise.