By King's College London (News Announcement), 09.17.12
King’s College London will oversee the White Mars Analogue Study on the first ever winter crossing of Antarctica: The Standard Chartered Trans-Antarctic Winter Traverse (TAWT) expedition. Led by veteran explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE, the expedition will provide an opportunity to carry out studies on how extreme environments affect human physiology, providing insight into the challenge of sending a manned mission to Mars and ensuring its safe return.
The TAWT expedition will take place from December 2012 to March 2014 and aims to bring together scientists from Commonwealth countries that have an interest in Antarctic research. Hosted by the Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences at King’s, the White Mars Analogue Study* is organised by King’s alumnus Dr Alexander Kumar (pictured) and Dr Mike Stroud (OBE), University of Southampton, and will be the first of its kind in using a hostile environment on earth to simulate conditions in space.
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*The Mars Society has been invited to publicize the 'White Mars' project and the resulting research throughout the planned two-year expedition in Antarctica.