Mars-Simulation-Facility Lab

DLR - German Aerospace Center
last updated: July 19, 2023

About the Laboratory

Mars-Simulation-Facility Lab

DLR - German Aerospace Center
@ Institute of Planetary Research / Planetary Laboratories
This Laboratory is part of:


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The MSF-Lab, established in 2004, is part of the Department of Experimental Planetary Physics and is used for different astrobiological and physical experiments to simulate the key environmental conditions like pressure, temperature, radiation, gas composition, and primarily also the diurnally varying atmospheric humidity in a range from earth conditions to similar to those at the near-surface atmosphere of Martian mid- and low latitudes. A further part of the laboratory are tests with gas, humidity and temperature sensors and the development of trace humidity sensors for space and industrial applications.


  • Chlorophyll Fluorometer, Imaging-PAM Device, Mini-PAM Device
  • Mars and Planetary Simulation Chamber
  • Clean Bench
  • Anaerobic Chamber
  • Pressure Sensor

Analytical Methods

Laboratory Keywords

  • Camera Observation Mini-PAM
  • Gas-exchange
  • Imaging-PAM
  • Mars Simulation
  • Observation of Changes in Minerals, Salts and Chemicals
  • Organisms' Activity
  • Planetary Simulation
  • Soil Morphology
  • T, rh, p, λ-measurements
  • UV Sensor