Opinion: Human trials on Earth are the key to how we will survive on Mars September 2, 2016 The crew of a Mars simulation recently emerged from their remote dome in Hawaii after completing a year-long project to trial a potential mission to the red planet. In an article for The Conversation, Dr Graham Mann from Murdoch’s School of Engineering and IT discusses the importance of these trials to the future success of a manned mission to Mars. He says NASA needs to understand how a team of six people, more isolated than any in history, living in close proximity and carrying out difficult tasks, will perform over a long period of time. He also explains why exploring our red neighbour is a vital mission, arguing it’s a ‘socioeconomic necessity’ and pointing to the history of human expansion into new environments (such as the European ventures to the alien Australian land 250 years ago). To read the full article, click here. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, School of Engineering and Information Technology Tags: graham mann, mars, mars mission, mission to mars, nasa, school of engineering and it, the conversation Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!