HI-SEAS ‘Mission to Mars’ CancelledFebruary 26, 2018, 1:11 PM HST (Updated February 26, 2018, 1:13 PM)
The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) Mission VI has been cancelled as a crewmember has voluntarily withdrawn participation in the study.
It is not possible to perform a mission with a crew of three.
Further, an investigation is ongoing into an incident that occurred on Feb. 19, 2018, temporarily suspending the mission.
A crewmember was transported from the HI-SEAS dome at the 8,200-foot level of Mauna Loa on Feb. 19 and admitted to Hilo Medical Center for required medical attention. The crewmember was under observation for a few hours before being released.
After a full safety inspection of the habitat has been performed, a new call for applicants will be released to compose a new crew for another mission based on a review by the institutional review board.