The sun sets on a barren red landscape in the Arctic.

A Month on ‘Mars’: Return to Earth

We’re back in southern climes, and our month on “Mars” is already a dream, a muse, a fading memory.

The Haughton-Mars Project on Devon Island is a place where we are reminded of our frantic and violently shifting past, and one possible future. It’s a realm of vast, barren, forbidding landscapes; layered with dust and grit, with rocks and formations uniformly sharp enough to cut skin. Yet the vistas are, from a distance, of soft rolling plains, punctuated with abrupt gullies, buttes, and low hills. The valleys wind sinuously from nowhere to nowhere, with occasional captured pools of crystal-clear meltwater throughout.

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