MMARS1 is a collaborative program between the International Space University, the team "Adaptations and Interactions Microbiennes dans l'Environnement" of Unit GMGM, UMR 7156 CNRS at University of Strasbourg, and the two companies Airbus "Defense and Space" and Space Tango, supported by the Euro-metropole of Strasbourg.

MMARS1 is the first study aiming to investigate the growth of methanogenic micro-organisms under conditions similar to those of the Mars subsurface.

The experiment will take place on the International Space Station.

The launch from Cape Canaveral took place on February 19, 2017
The arrival on board the ISS is planned on February 21, 2017