Space simulation wrapping up


Six researchers will return to Earth, so to speak, later this month after spending about four months on Mauna Loa as part of a simulated space expedition.

The simulation began in April and will end Aug. 13.

The purpose of the project, known as the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS, has been to put a crew in an environment as close to Mars as possible.

To keep it close to the real thing, the researchers have had to live and work in a 30-foot geodesic dome and have been required to wear space suits when venturing outside.

Part of the project was to test the use of crew-cooked and pre-cooked meals that could be used on the long journey.

The nearly $1 million study has been a joint effort of NASA, the University of Hawaii and Cornell University.

 

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