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Applications now accepted for Hawaii space exploration program

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The University of Hawaii is looking for volunteers to take part in several space exploration studies as part of the HI-SEAS program.

Researchers won't be going very far--the program is scheduled for an isolated dome on Mauna Loa--but the program can last anywhere from four months to a year.

The following is information from the HI-SEAS website:

Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are seeking crewmembers for a new series of space exploration analog studies.

The new studies aim to:

  • Test a hypothesis that group cohesion over the short term predicts team performance over the long term
  • Observe how technical, social and task roles evolve over long-duration missions
  • Establish baselines for a wide range of human cognitive, social and emotional factors over missions of varying durations

This type of study is essential for NASA to understand how teams of astronauts will perform on long-duration space exploration missions, such as those that will be required for human travel to Mars. The studies will also allow researchers to recommend strategies for crew composition for such missions, and to determine how best to support such crews while they are working in space.

The upcoming missions will be conducted at the HawaiÊ»i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) site, an isolated Mars-like environment on the slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawai‘i at approximately 8,200 feet above sea level. Crewmember participants will live in the same modern geodesic dome habitat that successfully supported a NASA-funded Mars food study that garnered national media attention in 2013.

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