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Crew members on one of the simulated Mars missions this spring included Pitchayapa Jingjit (from left), Becky Parker, Elijah Espinoza and Esteban Ramirez. Community college students and teachers in real life, the team members spent a week in the Utah desert, partly to experience the isolation and challenges of a real trip to Mars. Rae Ellen Bichell/NPR hide caption

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To Prepare For Mars Settlement, Simulated Missions Explore Utah's Desert

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Artist's depiction shows the separation of the Schiaparelli lander from the Trace Gas Orbiter (left) as it heads for the surface of Mars. European Space Agency via AP hide caption

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