More than 200 scientists from 25 countries are taking part in a Mars simulation project led by the Austrian Space Forum in Oman’s southern deserts of Dhofar.
During the four-week project, set in the desert’s “analog” martian landscape, scientists will conduct experiments that may help preparations for a future human mission to Mars.
Spacesuits, sonic mapping techniques, field tests and a portable greenhouse are some of the things being tested.
This drone footage shows the testing centre against the backdrop of the the remote landscape of Dhofar. Credit: Austrian Space Forum via Storyful