‘Extremely liberating from everyday existence!’ NASA invites applicants to participate in a simulation of life on Mars.
NASA has begun accepting applications for four people to live in a Mars Dune Alpha to replicate a trip to the Red Planet.
This is part of NASA’s plan to send astronauts to Mars in the future. This event will take place in a 1,7000-square-foot Martian habitat housed within a structure at Houston’s Johnson Space Center.
The volunteers will be paid to work on a simulated Martian exploration, which was produced using a 3D printer.
The trip will feature spacewalks, food restrictions, and limited communication with family members back home, as well as equipment malfunctions.
There will probably be no windows within the habitat, and the voyage will contain space food.
With a master’s degree in science, engineering, math, or any experience as a pilot, only US residents or citizens are allowed to apply.
To apply, applicants must be between the ages of 30 and 55 and in good physical condition.
NASA intends to conduct three of these mission experiments, the first of which will begin in the autumn of next year.
“We want to learn how humans behave in them,” said scientist Grace Douglas.
“We’re looking at real-life scenarios on Mars.”
Former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield stated that aspirants must have the appropriate attitude.
“Extremely capable, resourceful, and not reliant on others to feel at ease.”
Mr Hadfield, who spent five months in space at the International Space Station in 2013, has urged aspiring astronauts to bring a musical instrument with them.
“If they have a musical instrument there, you could go in knowing nothing and emerge as a concert musician.”
“A year away from the demands of your normal life could provide great freedom.”
This comes after NASA’s newest Mars rover, Perseverance, failed to pick up a rock sample to bring back to Earth on its maiden try.