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Yearlong Mars simulation nears end on Mauna Loa

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HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Six scientists are close to wrapping up a year of near isolation on Mauna Loa in a Mars simulation.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the scientists are housed in a dome and can go outside only in spacesuits.

They manage limited resources while conducting research and working to avoid personal conflicts.

Principal investigator Kim Binsted said this simulation is the second-longest of its kind after a Russia mission that lasted 520 days.

Mauna Loa soil is similar to what would be found on Mars. The area's high elevation means almost no plant growth.

NASA funded the study run through the University of Hawaii.

Binsted said the scientists are doing well and eager for a dip in the ocean when the simulation ends Aug. 28.

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