Six scientists have completed a year-long Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation.
For the past year, the group in the dome on the Mauna Loa mountain could go outside only while wearing spacesuits.
Cyprien Verseux, a crew member from France, said the simulation showed a mission to Mars could succeed.
“I can give you my personal impression which is that a mission to Mars in the close future is realistic.
“I think the technological and psychological obstacles can be overcome,” Verseux said.
Christiane Heinicke, a crew member from Germany, said the scientists were able to find their own water in a dry climate.
“Showing that it works, you can actually get water from the ground that is seemingly dry. It would work on Mars and the implication is that you would be able to get water on Mars from this little greenhouse construct,” she said.
Kim Binsted, principal investigator for the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), said the researchers are looking forward to getting in the ocean and eating fresh produce and other foods that weren’t available in the dome.
NASA funded the study run through the University of Hawaii.
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