Why 6 people have spent nearly 8 months locked inside a dome on top of a volcano
Right now, six people are living inside a 1200 square foot dome on top of a volcano on the Island of Hawaii.The spot is in the middle of nowhere, cut off from civilization:
An important step in making humans on Mars a reality is figuring out how people will handle a long-term space mission, especially when they're stuck with the same people in close quarters for a long period of time. People on Mars will also experience a 20-minute communication delay with Earth."This research is gaining insights into psychological, social, and biological challenges of isolation and confinement," according to the HI-SEAS website.Isolation and confinement will be unavoidable on the journey to Mars - a trip that will take at least six months.
So back in October 15, 2014, six volunteer "crew members" said goodbye to the outside world and started a simulated mission to Mars to find out how well they could cope. These six people were chosen from a pool of 700 applicants. Several are engineers, and all of them are aspiring astronauts.
Passing the time
What do you do for fun when you're locked inside a dome with the same other five people for months?
You play board games:
And do lots of P90X:
The dormant volcano can almost pass as a Martian mountain.
YouTube/HI-SEAS Mission III
The mission is coming to a close soon, and the crew will emerge on June 13.
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