HI-SEAS Information and Guidelines for Inquiries:


As NASA’s longest Earth-based Mars simulation, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaii Space Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) has generated a considerable amount of interest and outreach requests from members of the media and educators from all over the world. HI-SEAS is committed to public education and would like to respond to every inquiry. Because of the ongoing mission and research, and the high volume of inquiries, the HI-SEAS crew and support staff may be unable to respond right away or accommodate every request. Thank you for your understanding and please consider the following before submitting a request.

This is a simulated Mars mission (sMars)

  1. The mission is designed so that there are only six people on sMars.
  2. During the mission, the crew members cannot interact with any human beings outside of the six simulated astronauts on the current mission
  3. The crew is only able to communicate through email and file drop and there is a 20 minute delay to simulate space travel
  4. There are no phones or Skype
  • The only time the crew can leave the habitat is for short periods of time in simulation spacesuits. During that time they cannot be recorded or observed.
  • While the crew cannot give real-time interviews, crew members do have the capability to film the following activities:
  1. Personal interviews
  2. Tours
  3. Research activities
  4. Missions outside of the habitat in the simulation spacesuits
  • The crew cannot film proprietary research, sensitive crew research, staged events, and anything that could compromise security and/or violate crew privacy
  • Proprietary research and crew research are being conducted during the mission that will provide valuable information in the planning of future human-centered Mars mission.
  1. Proprietary research cannot be discussed until it is published
  2. Crew research can only be discussed in general terms
  • Permission must be received to film around the habitat because it is in a restricted area. This will done on a case-by-case basis, depending on weather, ground-support availability and the purpose of the visit.
  • Photographs and film taken during the HI-SEAS mission are copyrighted material. If you are interested in acquiring permission to use images/video footage, please inquire via the Media Contact Form.
  • Please submit questions and requests for written, audio and video material through the form provided in the link below. Most of the HI-SEAS materials created are public domain and available for use upon request.

          Media Contact Form

  • Please utilize the outreach section of the HI-SEAS website. Resources include a pre-made lesson plan and the HI-SEAS YouTube channel with free educational videos.
  • Please contact us via the Media Contact Form for more information and please let us know if HI-SEAS is or will be included in your curriculum.

Once again, thank you for your interest in HI-SEAS and for helping spread the word about this amazing program. We are laying the foundation for a trip to Mars and beyond that will hopefully inspire a new generations to dream about going to where no one has gone before.