A team of two scientists, an engineer, and a doctor will spend one year confined to a 158-square-meter 3D-printed Mars-simulating habitat located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
The four volunteers entered the NASA compound, as part of the first of three planned simulations of the red planet’s surface.
Researchers will mimic challenges such as resource constraints, equipment failure, communication delays, and other environmental stressors.
“The simulation will allow us to collect physical and cognitive performance data to give us more information about the potential impacts of long-duration missions to Mars on crew health and performance,” Grace Douglas, Principal Investigator at Crew Health, said in a statement. and Performance Exploration Analog.
The space has four bedrooms, a living room, a growing area, an infirmary, and an outdoor area that simulates the surface of Mars.