It’s not everyday you see NASA researchers, in full astronaut gear, riding around on ATVs…unless you happen to be at a research facility high up in the Arctic Circle.

NASA and the Mars Institute are conducting research to determine whether life on the surface of Mars could be a reality in the near future. This area is known as Haughton Crater and folks smarter than us have determined that it has the closest resemblance to Mars on Earth. To get around this desolate and harsh landscape researchers are using Kawasaki Bayou 250 ATVs.

Kawasaki has put together a video showing what the researchers are doing and why the ATVs are proving themselves so valuable.

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