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One-year Mars isolation simulation has begun

By T.K. Randall
August 30, 2015 · Comment icon 20 comments



Concept image of a future settlement on Mars. Image Credit: NASA
Six people will spend the next year living in a dome in Hawaii to simulate a manned mission to Mars.
The first astronauts to go to Mars will be spending a long time away from home - a prospect made all the more difficult by the need to survive off limited resources in cramped conditions while living and working alongside the same people every day for years at a time.

To help prepare for such a mission, scientists at the University of Hawaii have launched a project known as HI-SEAS ( Hawaii space exploration analog and simulation ) which seeks to simulate what it would be like for a crew of six astronauts surviving within a small habitation module on the surface of the Red Planet for a period of one year.


The crew's living quarters for the next twelve months will be a two-storey dome equipped with cameras, body movement trackers and other sensors to monitor their physical and mental wellbeing.
The simulation aims to see how the team copes and works together over an extended period of time without the ability to see anyone else from the outside world or to escape back to civilization whenever things get too much for them.

Among the would-be astronauts staying at the dome are physicists, a pilot, a medical writer and a doctor who will each report based on their own expertise on what life is like on the inside.

So far the crew appears to be in good spirits however only time will tell if things will stay that way.

Source: CBC.ca | Comments (20)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by Paranomali 7 years ago
Reality show!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Ozfactor 7 years ago
Good grief , I just had a ghastly thought ... imagine if I had to do it with the more 'vocal' members of this site !!!! ... oh happy days
Comment icon #13 Posted by Athena1979 7 years ago
I don't know if I would trust the girl in khakis. "What are you wearing 'Jake from state farm?'" "Khakis." "Well, she sounds hideous."
Comment icon #14 Posted by Timonthy 7 years ago
What if one had smelly feet? Or a pain in the ass attitude not identified before? Well I guess they work all that stuff out first. So, one year, No news, no radio, dried food, no net... . I guess they'll have some pre-recorded entertainment and music and projects to work on too Good luck to them!. I'd really want a place to eat lunch by myself and be able to read news.com.au and unexplained-mysteries.com without interruption.
Comment icon #15 Posted by kobolds 7 years ago
unreality test. pointless if really want to do test, do it in deep sea . this way the recruits team will understand that, any leak or crack mean fatal . no one will be able to save them in time. not many people can stand the stress of having a thought that your life is on line every minutes , for a year , Depression and Anxiety Disorders will Damage Your Brain
Comment icon #16 Posted by toast 7 years ago
unreality test. pointless. if really want to do test, do it in deep sea . this way the recruits team will understand that, any leak or crack mean fatal . no one will be able to save them in time. Sorry but the only thing that is unrealistic and pointless here is your comment. The HI-SEAS simulation isnt intended to test technical systems, the simulation is to collect data about social facts like group behavior and psychological effects on humans during long-term space missions. Yr idea with a simulation at deep seas does not make any sense as a leak simulation test at deep seas would involve t... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by coolguy 7 years ago
This is cool I hope they keep us updated, I would have done it
Comment icon #18 Posted by nothingliz 7 years ago
What could be a great Idea is, to have an inflatable dome. Inflate first and then put together the interior. Or use nanites to build a dome from previously imbedded design specs. If it's possible to do so, also make the dome making nanites to make a dome that converts carbon dioxide into oxygen.
Comment icon #19 Posted by dtwm87 7 years ago
Welcome to bio-dome! Welcome to the future!
Comment icon #20 Posted by skookum 7 years ago
unreality test. pointless if really want to do test, do it in deep sea . this way the recruits team will understand that, any leak or crack mean fatal . no one will be able to save them in time. not many people can stand the stress of having a thought that your life is on line every minutes , for a year , Depression and Anxiety Disorders will Damage Your Brain They will probably simulate various scenarios. As said earlier this is more of a test of people and how they cope than equipment.


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