A year ago, a group of six volunteers embarked on a NASA mission, which required them to stay in isolation inside a special dome-like habitat on the slopes of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano. Designed to replicate the living conditions on Mars, the fourth phase of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS 4) attempted to gauge the crew’s performance and cohesion during deep space voyages.
It has been exactly 365 days since the volunteers set foot in the solar-powered geodesic shelter, and have only recently emerged after a year of complete isolation. Funded by NASA, the experiment was conducted by researchers from the University of Hawaii. According to the team, the location with its barren, rocky terrain was chosen because it closely resembles the surface environment of the Red Planet.
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