The Mars Isolation Project has continued to test the will of its participants.
Half a dozen people locked themselves up inside a dome in Hawaii. They were engaged in the lengthiest isolation experiment ever conducted by NASA. The whole shebang is in preparation for a trip to the Red Planet.
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Among the participants may be included an astrobiologist and a physicist. Then there was a pilot, an architect, a doctor/journalist and a soil scientist. The first two of these happen to be a Frenchman and a German respectively. As for the rest of the four crew members, they are all Yankees.
The experiment is taking place on a slope of Mauna Loa. There are no creatures in the vicinity and very little greenery. Each crew member has his or her own room. There is sleeping arrangements and a desk to study.
Among the food items that they can eat may be included: dehydrated cheese and canned tuna. They have to wear spacesuits and do not have much of a chance to surf the internet. Who would want to spend over a year in this manner?
Apparently these six. They want to show the world that they can accomplish the impossible. These heroes and heroines also want to prove to everyone that the world can be left behind.
The architect among them has said that he wants to create a livable environment. That is via architectural schemes. Such extreme habitats as are to be found on Mars ought to be made safe for mankind.
These pioneers are there to learn all they can from the experience. The trip to Mars will last more than six months at the least, reported AFP. A manned mission to Mars will take up to 3 years before it is even feasible on a practical level.
The problems have more to do with tolerance. It will be a test of the will for the participants. They will be cooped up in a small space. And they will be without access to fresh air, sunlight, seasonal food and human contact.
There is bound to arise a situation that resembles Reality TV. The ensuing conflicts may even prove dangerous for the mission. Already NASA is spending millions of dollars on simulations. That is for the ultimate Mars journey that will take place.
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The trip will be relatively inexpensive though. This comes as somewhat of a relief. And already on earth the simulation proves that conflicts do arise between members. How it will be on Mars is anyone’s guess!