Austrian Space Forum





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The Space Forum is a network of space experts in cooperation with national and international institutions from science and industry working at the forefront of scientific research. During the Mars simulations we accompany the team of analog astronauts into the desert. Our goal is to learn what the future Mars watch must look like, what adversities it must be able to withstand and what technical requirements must be met.

Between 04 – 31 October 2021, the Austrian Space Forum will conduct an integrated Mars analog field mission in the Negev Desert in Israel. The AMADEE-20 Mars simulation will be carried
out in a Martian terrestrial analog and directed by a dedicated Mission Support Center in Austria. A small field crew of highly trained analog astronauts with spacesuit simulators will conduct experiments preparing for future human and robotic Mars exploration missions.

Because Future Matters.

"The Austrian Space Forum is one of the leading institutions conducting Mars analog missions, thus paving the way for the future human exploration of the Red Planet. "

Next Giant Leap.

With Heart and Soul.

Anika is a real world super hero: she is an essential part of ground-breaking Mars-research as an analog astronaut, teaches up-and-coming talents at the university, maintains a close-knit family life with her husband and three kids and to top it all up, with just 30 years she already has a PHD and works on achieving her next title. She is a positive personality with a big heart, charismatic and confident. Never stops exploring and learning. The epitome of the modern woman.

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