‘Incredible freedom from everyday life!’ NASA takes applicants to simulate living on Mars

NASA has started to take applications for four people to have the opportunity to live in a Mars Dune Alpha to simulate an experience in Mars.

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This comes as part of NASA’s plan to eventually start sending astronauts to Mars. This experience will take place in a 1,7000 square-foot Martian habitat inside a building situated at Johnson’s Space Center in Houston.

The inside habitat was created by a 3D-printer and the volunteers will be paid to work a simulated Martian exploration.

The mission will include spacewalks, limits on food and communications to relatives back home and equipment failures.

The mission will also include space-food and it is unlikely that there will be any windows inside the habitat.

Only US residents or American citizens are eligible to apply with a master’s degree in science, engineering, maths or any experience as a pilot.

Boris Johnson with Mars prototype

Robotics systems engineers show Boris Johnson a prototype system testbed Mars Rover (Image: PA)

Mars rover

Illustration of the NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter (Image: PA)

Applicants also have to be between the ages of 30 and 55 and in good physical health to apply.

NASA is planning to run three of these mission experiments and the first one is due to start in autumn next year.

Scientist Grace Douglas said: “We want to understand how humans perform in them.

“We are looking at Mars realistic situations.”

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Helicopter on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter (Image: PA)

Mars perseverance

Perseverance takes a spin (Image: PA)

Chris Hadfield former Canadian astronaut said applicants have to have the right attitude.

“Super competent, resourceful and not relying on other people to feel comfortable.”

Mr Hadfield who spent five months in orbit back in 2013 at the International Space Station has encouraged potential applicants to take a musical instrument with them.

“If they have a musical instrument there, you could go into there knowing nothing and come out a concert musician, if you want.


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

This comes after NASA’s newest Mars rover, named Perseverance, was not successful in its first attempt to pick up a rock sample to be brought back to Earth.

Harry Byrne

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