The project's final cost was US$1.3 million, raised through sponsorships with major companies. Flashline.com, an internet business, donated $175,000 and was granted the right to affix its name to the project.
The FMARS project is one of four stations planned by the Mars Society. The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) began operation in 2002 in southern Utah, and the European Mars Analog Research Station (EuroMARS) is planned for deployment in Iceland. A structure for EuroMARS was built, but placed in storage for several years due to lack of funding to ship to the Society's UK headquarters, and from there on to Iceland. During storage and shipping the structure was damaged beyond repair, so now the European chapters of the Mars Society are seeking funding to build a new habitat. A fourth project, the Australia Mars Analog Research Station (MARS-Oz) has been designed, but lacks funding for construction.
Mars project brings space program to Nunavut youth. (Education).(Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station)(Brief Article)
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How I Landed on Mars; on a Desolate and Unforgiving Arctic Island.The British Scientists Preparing to Conquer the Red Planet
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