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Nasa starts year-long isolation to simulate life on Mars

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Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 10:38 PM by AlexMuller

A team of NASA recruits has begun living in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii to simulate living on Mars. The isolation experience, which will last a year, will be the longest of its type attempted. Experts estimate that a human mission to the Red Planet could take between one and three years.

 

The six-strong team will live in close quarters under the dome, without fresh air, fresh food or privacy. They closed themselves away at 15:00 local time on Friday (01:00 GMT Saturday). A journey outside the dome - which measures only 36ft (11m) in diameter and is 20ft (6m) tall - will require a spacesuit.
 
A French astrobiologist, a German physicist and four Americans, a pilot, an architect, a journalist and a soil scientist - make up the Nasa team. The men and women will each have a small sleeping cot and a desk inside their rooms. Provisions include powdered cheese and canned tuna.
 
Missions to the International Space Station last six months. The US space agency has recently conducted four-month and eight-month-long isolation experiments. While others focus on the technical and scientific challenges of the journey, the isolation experiments address the human element of exploration and problems that arise living in tight quarters.
 
"I think one of the lessons is that you really can't prevent interpersonal conflicts. It is going to happen over these long-duration missions, even with the very best people," said Kim Binsted, a Nasa investigator.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-08-30
+1
Very important experiment! With all advances in technology, human phycology remains one of the key factors that can make or brake a mission, depending who is involved and external circumstances
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-08-30
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Yes, mission to Mars has to be prepared with great care. This is not just about rockets, rovers and robot-assistants but also about people who will be traveling and experiencing these new conditions for the first time.... Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-08-30
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Perhaps history can also offer some lessons and we should look into destinies of explorers of "new lands" during 15-18th centuries. Fundamentally, human phycology has not changed very much Reply
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