Mission to Mars:

Dachstein Mars Simulation.

In April 2012, the Dachstein Ice Cave served as the perfect setting for the field trial of a newly developed Mars space suit. Between 27 April to 01 May 2012, a five day Mars analogue field test took place at the Mammoth cave and the Ice cave at the Dachstein region in southern Upper Austria coordinated by the Austrian Space Forum. During this test, the most advanced version of the Aouda.X spacesuit and selected geophysical and life-science related experiments were conducted to providing the Austrian Space Forum with important findings for a manned mission to Mars. 

'Aouda D.' Mars space suit in the Ice Cave

Mars spacesuit Aouda at the Dachstein Ice Cave

In cooperation with the ÖWF (the Austrian Space Forum is currently the only institution in Europe working on the development of a Mars space suit) the world's unique Aouda.D Mars space suit is exclusively presented in the Dachstein Ice Cave and accessible for interested visitors as part of the guided tours through the cave.

Video: ÖWF Dachstein Fieldtest 2012