In April, 2013, I will begin a four-month simulated Mars mission located on the slopes of Mauna Loa, a volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.
My five crew mates and I will be living and acting as astronauts exploring a Martian environment, conducting experiments, and testing protocols. In particular, we are examining the hypothesis that astronauts cannot live on reheatable meals alone: we will be cooking and baking with shelf-stable ingredients as astronauts on future Mars missions might.
In addition to participating in this food study, I will be conducting an experiment to test the effects of various light exposure on sleep quality. I will also be writing about the project as it happens. Stay tuned!
You can read more about it on the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) main site here.
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