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UND students participate in Mars research, simulation

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--UND students are helping in the effort to colonize Mars.

The crew of prospective astronauts is confined to a series of inflatable habitats set out in Technology par to make it feel like they are on Mars.

The mission is part of an ongoing research project, one of very few like it, to examine the effects of putting humans on Mars for an extended period of time.

Since they are not allowed outside and we're not allowed in, we interviewed them from outside their rover.

“It’s a real privilege to be a part of the space program and to be part of the ongoing steps to get man on to Mars. If we don't get there ourselves, personally, we still helped others get there,” said Mission V Crew Member, Dr. Michael Castro.

The project was largely funded by a grant from NASA as part of their long term ambition to colonize Mars