NASA is looking for people who intend to live on Mars for a year

Want to find your inner Matt Damon and spend a year pretending you’re isolated on Mars? NASA has a job for you.

To prepare for the eventual dispatch of astronauts to Mars, NASA began receiving requests on Friday for four people live for a year on Mars Dune Alpha. That’s a 1,700-square-foot Martian habitat, created by a 3D printer, and inside a building at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Paid volunteers will work a simulated Martian exploration mission complete with spacewalks, limited communications at home, restricted food and resources, and equipment failures.


This photo provided by ICON and NASA in August 2021 shows a proposal for the Mars Dune Alpha habitat on Mars.

NASA is planning three of these experiments and the first will begin in the fall of next year. All foods will be ready-to-eat space foods and there are no planned windows at the moment. Some plants will be grown, but not potatoes like in the movie “The Martian”. Damon played abandoned astronaut Mark Watney, who survived on potatoes.

“We want to understand how humans behave in them,” said lead scientist Grace Douglas. “We are looking at realistic situations from Mars.”

The application process It opened on Friday and they are not looking for just anyone. The requirements are strict, including a master’s degree in a science, engineering or math field or pilot experience. Only US citizens or permanent residents of the United States are eligible. Applicants must be between the ages of 30 and 55, in good physical health, have no dietary problems, and not be prone to motion sickness.

That shows NASA is looking for people close to the astronauts, said former Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. And he said. that’s good because it’s a better experiment if the participants are more similar to the people who will actually go to Mars. Russian efforts spent on a bogus mission to Mars called Mars 500 did not end well in part because people were too much like ordinary people, he said.

For the right person, this could be great, said Hadfield, who spent five months in orbit in 2013 at the International Space Station, where He played guitar and sang a cover video. from “Space Oddity” by David Bowie.

“Think about how much you can catch up on Netflix,” he said. “If they have a musical instrument there, you could go in without knowing anything and go out as a soloist, if you want.”

There could be “incredible freedom” in a “year away from the demands of your normal life.”

Attitude is key, said Hadfield, who has a novel “The Apollo Murders” due out in the fall. He said that participants should be like the character of Damon’s Watney: “Super competent, resourceful and not dependent on other people for comfort.”


Recent Articles

With COVID and climate change showing the value of social science, why cut it now? – Social Sciences Space

What are the three biggest challenges Australia faces in the next five to ten years? What role will the social sciences play in...

Does breast density matter for cancer risk in older women? – STATISTICS

BBreast density is a known risk factor for developing breast cancer, but that well-accepted research finding stems from studies done in women younger than...

Salt to Software Story | Book Review – Tata: The Global Corporation That Built Indian Capitalism by Mircea Raianu

A file photo of Ratan Tata (Express photo)The Tata name is associated with best practices, which include being ethical and caring. When it...

Realme GT Master Edition Series and Realme’s First 2K Display Laptop Realme Book Released Globally

To celebrate 100 million smartphones sold worldwide, the fastest growing smartphone brand, realme, recently announced that it is expanding into the high-end affordable segment...

Related Stories

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay on op - Ge the daily news in your inbox