Today the mission begins. Not only for the AMADEE-18 astronauts but also for all mankind. It is a mission to discover what humans will have to bear once they landed on Mars. During the month of February 2018 the desert of Oman will be the home for the analog astronauts. They will go through various experiments and tests to find solutions on how to survive on the red planet. During the whole period FORTIS will be their companion and official timekeeper. For this mission FORTIS created the official mission watch AMADEE-18. Together with you and the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF) we will get closer – closer to Mars.