Space simulation mission halted on Big Island after crew member injured

Space simulation mission halted on Big Island after crew member injured

MAUNA LOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - UH has halted its space simulation program on the Big Island, just days after the mission got underway.

The news came after one of the crew members on the mission suffered an electrical shock Monday inside the mission's dome atop Mauna Loa.

The crew member, whose identity was not released, was hospitalized and is reported to be in stable condition.

The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project kicked off its sixth mission Thursday.

Crew members live in a dome at 8,200 feet, and wear suits when they venture outside.

It wasn't clear how the crew member was shocked.

The mission had four crew members and was scheduled to last eight months.

Officials said an inspection of the dome was to get underway shortly. It's not known when or if the mission will resume.

The NASA-funded project studies human behavior and aims to help determine what's needed for long-duration space exploration missions.

This story will be updated. 

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