If you dream of going, here's what to expect:
Mars Facts: Learn about the similarities and differences between Mars and Earth, and about the two small moons that orbit Mars.
"Mars" here on Earth
If you want to know what it might be like to spend time in the Martian environment, visit the Haughton-Mars Project, which tested prototype Mars astronaut suits on July 26, 2000 and August 3, 2000. The Haughton impact crater is in the Canadian high arctic, and has a rocky polar desert setting somewhat like Mars--though, of course, nothing on Earth comes close to the extreme conditions on the red planet.
- Death Valley, California, where Ubehebe crater and "Mars Hill" have geologic features similar to those on Mars
- Mono Lake, California, which is a 700,000-year-old evaporative lake that compares to Gusev Crater, a basin on Mars where water once was likely
- Channeled Scabland in Washington, where catastrophic floods swept through the land much like what happened long ago in the Ares Vallis flood plain where Mars Pathfinder landed
- Permafrost in Siberia, Alaska and Antarctica, where subsurface water-ice and small life forms exist
- Volcanoes in Hawaii, which are like those on Mars, though much smaller