We all know the stories about how Mars is the next best thing to Earth and if everything went horribly wrong it would be the most likely place we could live.

However, as with most space science it’s not something we think about often.

But since 2002 scientists and engineers have been going to a rocky corner of Utah, US for more than a decade to run imaginary missions to Mars.

The research centre near Hanksville is run by the non-profit Mars Society.

The group is not affiliated with Nasa or the federal government.

More than 900 people have participated in simulated missions since the site opened in 2002.

They hope the research will help put humans on the red planet.

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