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Payson pilot heading for Mt. Everest as team researches how to survive in Mars

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A pilot from Utah hasbrbeen selected to join a pioneering research expedition to Mount Everest BasebrCamp in early 2020.

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Lee Roberts, ofbrPayson, will be heading to Mount Everest Base Camp as the crew engineer with abrteam of experienced analog astronauts, medical professionals, and researchersbrto participate in a mission organized by Mars Academy USA (MAU).

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The team will live andbrwork together in a habitat at 17,000 feet elevation that simulates conditionsbron Mars. During the expedition the team will test technologies and developbrprotocols that will enable humans to survive in the remote and extremebrconditions found in space.

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Roberts will bebrproviding valuable insight to the group based on the experience he has gainedbrfrom more than 20 years as a pilot with more than 12,000 flight hours.

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The mission is scheduled for Feb. 16 to March 10. A GoFundMebrhas been created to help fund the mission for Roberts. To make donations, go tobrhttp://gofundme.com/mars-now. In addition, you can learn more about Roberts andbrhis vision and journey by going to https://mars-now.net/. Learn more about MAUbrat marsacademyusa,com. (Serve Daily submission by LeebrRoberts.)

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