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 TMRO.tv 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 hi-seas.org
The crew are: Ansley Barnard, Samuel Payler, James Bevington, Joshua Ehrlich, Laura Lark and Brian Ramos.
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