Recently, NASA’s official revealed that they prepared a team of 6 members as a first step towards a manned Mars mission by 2030, who will spend 8 months in an isolated dome on a Hawaiian volcano.
The project named HISEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog & Simulation) has been designed to determine how well a small group of people can survive and work together, Bend Bulletin stated.
It will be a long and lonely trip that approximately takes 6 months for astronauts to reach at the Red Planet. After reaching, they will spend 500 days on the planet and tire out another 6 months to come back home, NASA revealed.
Uncover Michigan reported, “The long-time isolation within the dome can lead to a number of psychological problems such as depression and personality conflicts. The principal investigator for the just started project, Prof. Kimberly Binsted said that the psychological risks of living in in isolation were still not fully understood and not totally corrected for.”
“How do you pick and hold up astronauts for a mission that will last 2 to 3 years in a way that will keep them healthy and performing well? I’m so interested to see how I react. ‘I don’t know’ is the short answer. I think it could go a lot of different ways,” Binsted added.
Though, NASA’s Hawaiian dome mission to Mars is not the first of its kind. A similar mission in Russia lasted 520 days.
NASA has picked the project finalists after a 6-day camping trip in the Rocky Mountains that showcased their survivalist skills and team work. The crew members include Allen Mirkadyrov, 35, a NASA aerospace engineer; Jocelyn Dunn, 27, a Purdue University graduate student; Sophie Milam, 26, a graduate student at the University of Idaho; and Zak Wilson, 28, a mechanical engineer who worked on military drone aircraft at General Atomics in San Diego.