Looking for Otherworldly Terrain on Terra Firma

By Norman Chan

Scientists and astronauts look to Earth's backyards for terrain to test rovers, rockets, and research stations.

Discover magazine has a great gallery of places that researchers use as proxies for Mars, moons, and other planetary bodies that we may eventually send probes and astronauts. What's interesting is that these locales are sought after more for just their geological properties. Yes, rocky terrain is going to be suitable to test a six-legged robot's ability scale Martian landscapes, but scientists are also interested in studying the life forms (or sometimes, even the lack of) that inhabit the most uninhabitable places on Earth.

Source: NASA

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