Video: Crew of 6 enters HI-SEAS Mars sim for 8 month stay

HI-SEAS (Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) is a NASA funded project run by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in which teams of volunteers spend long periods in an isolated habitat atop Mauna Loa to simulate long term missions on Mars: HI-SEAS Mission V crew preparing to enter Mars simulation habitat – University of Hawaiʻi System News

While the 0.376 g gravity of Mars can’t be generated, they try to simulate as much as they can. Whenever a crew person goes outside, for example, they must wear a space suit. Communications between the crew and anyone on “earth” have lengthy time delays added.

A team of six people entered the geodesic domed facility on January 19th to begin an eight month stay:

During the eight-month HI-SEAS Mission V the crew will perform exploration tasks such as geological fieldwork and life systems management. The isolated and confined conditions of the mission, including 20-minutes of delayed communication and partial self-sufficiency, have been designed to be similar to those of a planetary surface exploration mission. Daily routines include food preparation from only shelf-stable ingredients, exercise, research and fieldwork aligned with NASA’s planetary exploration expectations.

Under the watchful eye of the research team and supported by experienced mission control, the crew will participate in eight primary and three opportunistic research studies. The NASA-funded primary research will be conducted by scientists from across the U.S. and Europe who are at the forefront of their fields.

The primary behavioral research includes a shared social behavioral task for team building, continuous monitoring of face-to-face interactions with sociometric badges, a virtual reality team-based collaborative exercise to predict individual and team behavioral health and performance and multiple stress, cognitive countermeasure and monitoring studies.

Here is a Spacepod short report on the project: 6 people chosen for MARS MISSION! – Space Pod 01/18/17 – TMRO

Lisa Stojanovski reveals the 6 humans chosen for an 8 month simulated Mars mission, HI-SEAS Mission V, and explains where they’ll live, and the kinds of research they’ll perform. For more information on HI-SEAS visit

The crew are: Ansley Barnard, Samuel Payler, James Bevington, Joshua Ehrlich, Laura Lark and Brian Ramos. videos are viewer supported:

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Video: TMRO Orbit 10.03 – Going back to the Moon right this time

The latest program is now available in the archive: Going back to the moon right this time – Orbit 10.03 –

Jared has a live interview with Dennis Wingo talking about his recent article, “GETTING GOING BACK TO THE MOON RIGHT THIS TIME.”

Space news topics discussed included:

* Gene Cernan passes away at 82
* NASA: 2016 The Hottest Year On Record
* Boeing has acquired, and wants to sell, seats on Soyuz
* Exploding Binary Stars Will Light Up The Sky in 2022
* Possible Extended stay for Bigelow’s BEAM
* Future of Asteroid Deflection Mission to Be Decided Soon

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“The Mars Generation” – Documentary debuts at Sundance

Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Michael Barnett has a new : Teen rocket scientists star at Sundance’s SLC opening | The Salt Lake Tribune

Space exploration offers humans the chance to survive as a species.

That’s the unifying message offered by Michael Barnett’s “The Mars Generation,” which focuses on the funny, smart teenage wannabe rocket scientists attending the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp. Along the way, the documentary offers an inspiring call to action as it details America’s past and future space dreams.

The Friday night screening marked the Salt Lake City opening of the Sundance Film Festival. The “Mars Generation” premiere on Inauguration Day seemed significant, the director said, because he hopes it will jump-start a conversation about space exploration.

“Now is not the time to become nearsighted about the big idea of becoming interplanetary,” Barnett said. “This film is about the generation who is going to take us to Mars — if they are empowered to do so.”

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