We’re proud to support the Team of Mars Analogue Fumarole Interdisciplinary Collaboration (MAFIC), by providing high-performance protective cases for their next mission.

The MAFIC plans to conduct a scientific research expedition at the Atacama Desert in Chile in April 2018. Part of their ongoing investigation of Mars analogues on the Earth is to inform on the interpretation of the data that is relayed from the rovers currently on the surface of Mars. The objective is to combine four different datasets (microbiology, mineralogy, gas chemistry, and remote sensing) to formulate a comprehensive understanding of the patterns left behind by extremophile microorganisms inhabiting such environments. This expedition will take them to the fumaroles located in the volcanoes from the Atacama region. Under these extreme testing conditions, they require the most trustworthy cases for protecting their valuable scientific equipment.

To be able to complete their multidisciplinary research, the MAFIC team will need to bring out many pieces of highly sensitive equipment for mineralogical and microbial analysis. Much of this equipment is very precisely calibrated and therefore must be handled with extreme care – so our cases were their unanimous choice.

“We were specifically looking for extremely protective lightweight cases such as the Peli Air range. They give us peace of mind for protecting our long-distance radios that allow us to maintain contact with our basecamp. In addition, the Peli Air Cases shield the fragile pieces of equipment required to allow us to carry out DNA sequencing in the field.” said Vincent Rennie, MAFIC Coordinator. “Peli is the only one we trust for our mission.”

Follow MAFIC’s research updates on Twitter and on their website.