They will spend 8 months in simulating a Martian expedition
The University of Hawaii has begun another mission to simulate an alien planet. Six specialists will be locked up in a special habitat where they will spend another eight months.
NASA has been preparing for a manned mission to Mars for several years, but before this mission is completed, much research is needed. One of its key aspects is the multi-month loneliness of astronauts. Therefore, before they go to a foreign planet, you need to see how long the isolation will affect their behavior.
This is done by experiments in Hawaii that are ideal for simulating the conditions of Mars. Specially selected special closes in habitats for many months, performing the same tasks that will wait them in a foreign world.
Soon another kind of experiment will be launched, which will be implemented in Mauna Loa. Six scientists from the United States and Europe will be closed for eight months. Isolated from society, will investigate their behavior.
The experiment is part of the mission HI-SEAS Mission V, which aims to better understand people’s reactions to prolonged isolation. Crew perform a variety of tasks and support life support systems. There will be eleven different studies to complete, and the collected data will help NASA prepare for a true mission.
Of course, the whole mission will be continually monitored, and to make the experiment more realistic, there will be a 20 minute delay in communication that simulates the distance that divides Mars from our planet.