Scientists are so keen to get to Mars they are simulating the experience here on Earth - on the slopes of the volcano Mauna Loa on Hawaii.
Report: Brigitte Osterath, Mauna Loa
Experts living at the Hawaii Mars simulation dome have exited the structure where they lived in isolation for 365 days. The group lived on the Mauna Loa mountain and could go out only wearing spacesuits.
Growing food in space was never going to be easy, but NASA and friends have been studying the problem. They've also been thinking about how to farm Martian soils when man finally reaches the Red Planet.
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