CANCELLED: We regret to inform you that this webinar has been cancelled due to a technical issue at the Oman desert centre. We will try to organise another webinar end of the month. Stay tuned!

Join us on 5 February to see how the Analog Astronauts and our team get ready for our #AMADEE18 simulation and get to know our base in the desert. Use #askMars to send us all your questions via social media or signup at

In February 2018, the Austrian Space Forum – in partnership with the Oman National Steering Comittee for AMADEE-18 – will conduct an highly international Mars analog field simulation in the Dhofar region, Oman. Directed by a Mission Support Center in Austria, a small field crew will conduct experiments preparing for future human Mars missions in the fields of engineering, planetary surface operations, astrobiology, geophysics/geology, life sciences and other. More than 200 people from 25 nations are involved in this 4-week Mars analog simulation.


  • Gernot Groemer, Austrian Space Forum, field commander and AMADEE-18 project lead
  • Olivia Haider, Austrian Space Forum, Board member
  • Rosa Doran, NUCLIO/Europlanet, astronomy educator
  • Clementine DeCoopman, Space Generation Advisory Council
  • Analog Astronauts, Austrian Space Forum

Conducting field research in a representative environment is an excellent tool to gain operational experience and understand the advantages and limitations of remote science operations on other planetary bodies. This field mission is designed to be:

  • an opportunity to study equipment, procedures and workflows under Mars analog conditions with humans-in-the-loop
  • a platform for testing life-detection or geophysical techniques, terrain tests for rovers and increase the situational awareness of remote support teams
  • studying the test site as a model region for Martian deserts and extreme life
  • serving as an outreach platform to enhance the visibility of planetary sciences