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The Russian Hare

8 month NASA isolation experiment ends

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After eight months of living in isolation on a remote Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from their Mars-like habitat on Sunday and return to civilization.

Their first order of business after subsiding on mostly freeze-dried and canned food: Feast on fresh-picked pineapple, papaya, mango, locally-grown vegetables and a fluffy, homemade egg strata cooked by their project's lead scientist.

The crew of four men and two women were quarantined on a vast plain below the summit of the world's largest active volcano in January. All of their communications with the outside world were subjected to a 20-minute delay—the time it takes for signals to get from Mars to Earth.

 

https://phys.org/news/2017-09-nasa-space-psychology-subjects-months.html

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This kind of simulation has been made before. There was a similar simulation of a Mars journey in Russia some years ago (with participants from several different countries I think). Wonder what they could learn more from this simulation.

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The dynamics of the crew will change with every change of personnel. A 4 man 2 woman crew will have a different dynamic than one made of 4 women and 2 men. They need to experiment to see if there is a BEST mix for a crew to survive with the lowest possible stress. There are lots of possible variations and before you spend a large fortune sending a small crew on this voyage you need to learn as much as possible about what it will mean and do to the different crews.

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It is reassuring that there were no murders or suicides.

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are they still 8 , maybe 9 ... who knows... i guess will find out after 9 months ?

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On 26/09/2017 at 6:45 AM, qxcontinuum said:

are they still 8 , maybe 9 ... who knows... i guess will find out after 9 months ?

Well they have been isolated 8 months already, so maybe we will find out next month?  Twins would be cute.

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