NASA Concluded The 12-month Mars Simulation In Hawaii

Admin | Published 2016-08-29 09:50
[embed][/embed] reports that a six-man-team have accomplished a simulation about Mars' environment held in Hawaaii - the course took 365 days.

The group was enclosed in a dome, inside close quarters, no fresh air, no fresh food, no privacy. It is estimated that a mission to Mars could take around 12 months to 3 years.

This is the longest mission of its kind since a previous Russian mission with a log of 520 days.

The crew confirmed that they are confident for humans to have a successful mission on Mars after they survived their 12 month isolation. "I can give you my personal impression which is that a mission to Mars in the close future is realistic," Cyprien Verseux, a crew member from France, told journalists. "I think the technological and psychological obstacles can be overcome."

The crew received a warm welcome as they walked out of their dome after a year in isolation |

However, commander Carmel Johnston warned that the lack of privacy might be very challenging considering us humans require it daily in our lives. "It is kind of like having roommates that just are always there and you can never escape them so I'm sure some people can imagine what that is like and if you can't then just imagine never being able to get away from anybody," she said. Dr. Tristan Bassingthwaighte, Architecture, University of Hawaii, has positively appraised the research that was done with regards to the 'human' element of traveling long in space.

"The research going on up here is just super vital when it comes to picking crews, figuring out how people are going to actually work on different kinds of missions, and sort of the human factors element of space travel, colonisation, whatever it is you are actually looking at," he said.

Team members: French astrobiologist German physicist American pilot American architect American journalist American soil scientist

The isolation experiments addressed the human element of exploration |


The team members had almost no privacy during the mission |

  The focus of the experiment was on the human element with regards to exploration. They had to live with limited resource, space-suits when outside the dome, and work out personal conflicts if any.
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