Mars crew return from mission

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A group of six people that have been ‘living on Mars’ have arrived back.

However, the group haven’t actually been to the red planet. Instead they’ve stayed in an isolation dome to find out what living on Mars would be like.

The group have been on a remote Hawaiian volcano trying mimic what life would be like there.

They spent eight months in the dome without fresh air, fresh food or privacy.

The groups was made up of two women and four men and during their time there they have been carrying out research and tracking how much food, power and water they’ve used.

They’ve mainly been eating freeze-dried food so the first thing they did after leaving the dome was enjoy a fresh fruit buffet.

The dome included a small space to sleep, a kitchen, laboratory, bathroom and a simulated airlock area.
They could send messages outside the dome but there was a 20 minute delay to copy what reception would be like between Earth and the red planet.

It’s hoped the experiment will help NASA pick astronauts for future space missions, including trips to Mars. This isn’t the first time people have been trialling life on Mars right here on planet earth. Simulated missions, like this one, have been taking place since 2012.

18 Responses

  1. We can’t believe that people are living on Mars. We wonder how hard it is to live on Mars. Imagine not having fresh air for 8 months.

  2. How can you stay on mars for 8 months without fresh air fresh food or privacy. How could you message on mars even. That would have been scary

  3. That is amazing I wonder what it would have been like because that is truly horrific one day I wish that I could be an astronaut.:)

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