NASA study in Hawaii paving way for human travel to Mars

Published 9:15 am Friday, January 20, 2017

HONOLULU — A group of NASA-funded researchers are poised to enter an isolated geodesic dome on a remote Hawaii volcano to study human behavior in long-term space exploration, including a planned voyage to Mars.

The six scientists enter their new home Thursday on the Big Island’s Mauna Loa volcano for an eight-month stay.

The team will have no physical contact with people in the outside world and will work with a 20-minute delay in communications, the time it would take for an email to reach Earth from Mars.

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The study will assess the psychological difficulties associated with living in isolated and confined conditions for an extended time.