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There are a handful of places scattered across the planet that approximate conditions on the Red Planet sufficiently for astronauts to train there, but none that are accessible to civilians. Now, one is: a coastal cave in Arradondo, a small city in the Cantabrian mountains of northern Spain.
A new travel package from TripAdvisor, the first of its kind, lets non-astronauts get a taste of what actual astronauts experience during their training -- and, ultimately, of what life might be like on Mars. At 30 days all together and just over $6,750 per person, this is not a casual endeavor, but you’re doing more than just astronaut cosplay here. TripAdvisor is partnering with Astroland, a relatively new private agency dedicated to testing and innovating technologies for eventual life on Mars.
“Investing in space technology is investing in innovation,” Astroland CEO David Ceballos said in a statement issued to media. “This project was born with the objective of testing replicable technologies on Earth, as has already happened with other products of daily use derived from space research such as GPS or different medical application technologies.”
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