Mars on Earth: A Visit to Devon Island

Join the Mars Institute, NASA and Google Street View on an expedition to Devon Island — the most Mars-like place on Earth — to discover how research conducted here will help prepare us for future explorations of Mars.

Devon Island in the Arctic is the largest uninhabited island on Earth, and for good reason. With a polar-desert climate and barren, rocky terrain, which is frequently veiled in fog, this desolate landmass is hardly welcoming.

The vast inland plateau is blanketed by boulder fields and cut by deep canyons and mazes of valleys. The landscape is also scarred by a large meteorite impact crater and smoothed by ancient lake beds.

Researchers with NASA’s Haughton-Mars Project come here every summer to study one of the most Mars-like places on Earth and learn how to explore Mars in the future.

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