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Mars on Earth: Kawasaki Space Program Photo Gallery

Our contributing editor gets a once in a lifetime opportunity by NASA to explore the Arctic Circle aboard a Kawasaki Bayou. Read more about the experience in our Mars on Earth: Kawasaki Space Program article.

MotoUSA was given the opportunity to conduct ATV testing under Mars-like conditions with the Haughton-Mars Project at Devon Island.
While roaming around Resolute Bay the mule became stuck, but after selecting four-wheel-drive and giving it a hard push it was able to be freed.
The research group required mandatory training aboard the Bayou 250, which was chosen by NASA becuase of its simple design and low maintenance.
NASA, in conjunction with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), have been utilizing Kawasaki Bayou utility ATVs and Mules as research tools.
The team was only allowed on the island for 36 hours due to an approaching storm, but during that time they captured some amazing photos.
The first 'traverse' was with Dr. Lee, who tested out a space suit while navigating through Haughton Crater.
The terrain really did look like something you'd expect on Mars. Rocks were strewn from the impact zone and made the ride rough.
While heading back our editor was startled by the ground moving beneath him, as warmer temperatures the day before had caused permafrost underneath the surface to melt.
Despite poor weather the team took one last ride around the crater, making stops at Trinity Lake and a large 35-foot-tall piece of ejecta that was embedded in the frozen ground.
Weather in the Arctic Circle was unpredicatble and cold, making planning extremely difficult.
Weather offered only a small opportunity for departure. Once given the order, our crew had five minutes to load up and be at the air strip for departure.
As can be seen, the DeHavilland Twin Otter plane was loaded to the brim with equipment and supplies.
The collection of one-man tents that made up the campsite.