Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.

Mary Lou Cook

About Exorion

EXORION is growth

The mission of the [EXORiON] Foundation is to test experimental technologies and innovative solutions in extreme environments. Our driving force is the desire to explore space. This is why, we aim to support activities that will enable and facilitate future space programs, as well as to popularize such programs both among professionals and young enthusiasts who see their future in the space sector. Read more...

The [EXORiON] Foundation was the first organization in Poland to launch a cyclical program for testing space analogue simulations under the name EXO: Experimentally Objectives. The first such simulation under the name EXO.17 took place in March 2017 in the habitat Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) located in the desert near Hanksville, Utah in the United States. The EXO.17 simulation was carried out by the first fully Polish crew that conducted a series of tests of the Polish prototypes and technological solutions, including studies into the role of the human factor. Read more...

We believe in the potential of the innovative Polish technologies and the possibility of using them on a global scale. We offer the possibility to conduct unique tests with the use of such technologies and help increase the usability of prototypes for future space programs and their commercial deployment.


The Mars Desert Research Station is one of four sites created by the Mars Analogue Research Station (MARS), a project that has been carried out jointly by the Mars Institute and the SETI Institute.
The facility is located over 11 km to the northwest of Hanksville, Utah, on the border of the Capitol Reef National Park.
The most important element of the base is The Hab (MDRS Habitat) – it is 8 meters in diameter and it consists of two floors and an attic. Besides, there is a laboratory and a workshop, as well as utility rooms. The main building is connected to GreenHab, a farmhouse. The third structure of the base is Musk Observatory, that includes a telescope (Celestron 14 ’’ CGE1400) and a four-channel refractor, both funded by Celestron corporation.
The desert location was selected due to the similarity of terrain and its appearance to Mars. Since their arrival at MDRS, crews have been operating in the “Living On Mars” mode.

Photographs by members of the crew

EXO.17 Team

Interdisciplinary team that carried out the EXO.17 mission at MDRS, USA
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dr Natalia Zalewska

Geology, planetology

Crew Commander
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Jakub Falaciński

Psychologist, inventor

Executive Officer
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dr Karolina Zawieska

Social robotics

Green Hab Officer/Human-Robot Interaction Officer
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Krzysztof Jędrzejak

Media, Account Executive , Partnership Developer

Press Officer
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Michał Kazaniecki

Student, automatic control and robotics

Crew Engineer
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Jędrzej Górski

Space engineer

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