Mars simulation on Mauna Loa canceled after injury, volunteer's withdrawal

Mars simulation on Mauna Loa canceled after injury, volunteer's withdrawal

MAUNA LOA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - The University of Hawaii at Manoa has canceled its latest Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) mission to a Hawaii Island habitat that's designed to replicate conditions on Mars.

One of the mission crewmembers suffered an electrical shock last week that required medical treatment, and another has voluntarily withdrawn their participation in the study, a school spokesperson said Monday.

It was "not possible" to continue the mission with the remaining volunteers, according to a statement.

The mission had already been temporarily suspended while an investigation into the electrical shock was under way. School officials say that once that inspection has been completed, a new call for mission volunteers will be conducted.

During the eight-month mission, crewmembers are supposed to perform exploration tasks, such as geological fieldwork and life systems management. The missions are conducted under isolated and confined conditions that are designed to be similar to those of a planetary surface exploration mission.

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