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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.

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MotoUSA was given the opportunity to conduct ATV testing under Mars-like conditions with the Haughton-Mars Project at Devon Island.
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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.
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The research group required mandatory training aboard the Bayou 250, which was chosen by NASA becuase of its simple design and low maintenance.
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NASA, in conjunction with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), have been utilizing Kawasaki Bayou utility ATVs and Mules as research tools.
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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.
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The first 'traverse' was with Dr. Lee, who tested out a space suit while navigating through Haughton Crater.
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The terrain really did look like something you'd expect on Mars. Rocks were strewn from the impact zone and made the ride rough.
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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.
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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.
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Weather in the Arctic Circle was unpredicatble and cold, making planning extremely difficult.
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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.
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As can be seen, the DeHavilland Twin Otter plane was loaded to the brim with equipment and supplies.
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The collection of one-man tents that made up the campsite.