Some of the first people to live on Mars returned to normal life today. This wasn’t too hard since they were actually in the Utah desert. The Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station is designed to mimic what life would be like on Mars, and the researchers get fully into their roles. When they go outside, they wear a spacesuit. They recycle all their water and eat freeze-dried food. And they take waterless “chemshowers”, so they are definitely living in the future.
And in a bit of news about exploration of the real Mars – on February 22nd, the entire Mars Exploration Rover tactical operations team was female. I had no idea that there were that many women in space exploration, and it makes me really happy.