Astronomy

Mars Habitat Turning Into Moon Missions

November 24, 2018, 10:34 AM HST
* Updated November 28, 8:04 AM
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For nearly a half-decade, a small dome atop Mauna Loa was the home to “colonists” who lived and worked in a Mars-like environment. That facility will now be used to facilitate simulated moon missions.

HI-SEAS PC: Angelo Vermeulen

The Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), attracted people from around the world who applied to live in isolation with a few others so that experiments could be conducted on what it might be like to live on Mars.

The missions were stopped on Feb. 19, 2018, when a crew member of the HI-SEAS Mission VI was shocked in the dome and then admitted to the Hilo Medical Center. The Mission VI crew members didn’t feel it was safe to return to the dome and decided to withdraw from the mission; the entire HI-SEAS program has been on hold ever since.

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