Red light
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To Mars by way of Hanksville, Utah

Red light
John Bergener, commander of a team of scientist and space enthusiasts at Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, under the red light of the station’s air lock (Francine Orr / LAT)
Taking a walk
Richard Thieltges walks outside the Mars Desert Research Station. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Fossil finder
Sandy Musclow, a geologist from Ontario, Canada, goes scouting at the Mars Desert Research Station and finds Mollusk fossils, which would be a revolutionary discovery if this were really the red planet. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Members of Crew 22 stock up at a convenience store in Hanksville Utah. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Georgi Petrov explores the terrain outside the Hab in an ATV. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Locked out
Richard Thieltges waits in the air lock at the entrance to the living quarters. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Right stuff
From left: Richard Thieltges, Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Sandy Musclow, John Burgener, James Harris, and Georgi Petrov. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Rock solid
Team members work on building a Mars Habitat with rocks. (Francine Orr / LAT)