Crew cohesion focus of second Mars simulation mission

March 31, 2014

Friday morning, March 28, 2014—the Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) crew is busy packing and preparing.

The three men and three women are hours away from the start of their mission—120 days of isolation in an extremely remote, thousand square foot habitat on Mauna Loa, Hawaiʻi; 8,200 feet above sea level. They can only leave the geodesic dome in simulation space suits.

The object of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa project is to research how teams of astronauts will perform during long-duration space exploration to destinations like Mars.

It is estimated that a Mars mission would…(more)