Friday, October 17, 2014

What Will It Be Like to Live in a Dome for 8 Months, Pretending It's Mars?

Martha Lenio, first woman to command a Mars simulation, describes the dome that will be her team's home as NASA studies the psychology of long-term missions.

Photo of the Mars habitat. 

The dome's quarters are comparable to the amount of space people would have living in a station on Mars.

On Wednesday, three men and three women will step inside a thousand-square-foot dome on the north side of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. For the next eight months, they will be cut off from the outside world. The team will simulate life at a space station on Mars as part of a project called HI-SEAS, sponsored by NASA and led by the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Martha Lenio, first woman to command a Mars simulation, describes the dome that will be her team's home as NASA studies the psychology of long-term missions.

The eight-month project is the second of three missions sponsored by NASA studying human performance on long-duration isolation missions. It's NASA's longest Mars simulation to date.

Martha Lenio, 34, of Canada, is the mission's commander and the first woman to lead a Mars simulation. She's the third woman in NASA's history to lead a mission of any kind.

National Geographic talked to Lenio as she prepared to enter the dome.

What's the goal of the mission?

The real goal for NASA is to do a psychology study on team cohesiveness, our attitudes, and how we stick together over the course of a long-duration, somewhat isolated, eight-month mission. (Related: "Psychological Challenges of a Manned Mission to Mars.")

What are the dome's living quarters like?

For the rest of the story: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/10/141015-mars-simulation-mission-space-psychology/?

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