Photographer Jim Urquhart travelled into the Utah desert to document the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) where a crew of scientists work, study and live together in conditions designed to simulate being Mars. The Society takes advantage of the Utah desert’s Mars-like terrain to investigate the possibility of a human exploration of the red planet. Scientists, students and enthusiasts work together developing field tactics and studying the terrain. All outdoor exploration is done wearing spacesuits and carrying air supply packs and crews live together in a small communication base with limited amounts of electricity, food, oxygen and water. Everything needed to survive must be produced, fixed and replaced on site.

Mars In The Desert

The Mars Desert Research Station is seen in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Hans van 't Woud (L), a mapping researcher and a health and safety officer, Csilla Orgel (C), a geologist, and Melissa Battler, a geologist and commander of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission, plan their excursion to collect geologic samples for study at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) outside Hanksville in the Utah desert March 2, 2013. The MDRS aims to investigate the possibility of a human exploration of Mars and uses the Utah desert’s Mars-like terrain to simulate working conditions on the red planet. Scientists, students and enthusiasts work together to develop field tactics and study the terrain while wearing simulated spacesuits and carrying air supply packs. They live together in a small communication base with limited space and supplies. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Cross, an engineer with Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission, works on a rover at the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Van 't Woud of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission checks on plants grown at the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

A vintage map of Mars hangs on the wall at the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Battler studies collected geologic samples at the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Crew members wait in the airlock of the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Crew members wait in the airlock of the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Battler, a geologist and commander of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission, emerges from the Mars Desert Research Station into the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Battler talks to members of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission about collecting geologic samples in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Members of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission venture out in their simulated spacesuits to collect geologic samples in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Members of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission venture out in their simulated spacesuits to collect geologic samples in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Members of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission Battler and Orgel climb a rock formation in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Members of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission venture out in their simulated spacesuits to collect geologic samples in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Battler, a geologist and commander of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission, collects geologic samples in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Members of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission collect geologic samples in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Geologist Orgel collects geologic samples in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Hans van 't Woud, a mapping researcher and the health and safety officer of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission, collects geologic samples. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Volker Maiwald, executive officer and habitat engineer of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission, walks among the rock formations in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Geologist Orgel makes her way back to the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

The Musk Observatory is seen from the working and living quarters at the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Members of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission return after collecting geologic samples in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

Members of Crew 125 EuroMoonMars B mission return after collecting geologic samples in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

A view of the night sky above the Mars Desert Research Station is seen outside Hanksville in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS

Mars In The Desert

A view of the night sky above the Mars Desert Research Station is seen outside Hanksville in the Utah desert. JIM URQUHART/REUTERS