In the USA ended an eight-month simulation of life on Mars

© Photo : University of Hawaii NewsУчастники fifth insulating experiment HI-SEASIn the USA ended an eight-month simulation of life on Mars© Photo : University of Hawaii News

. Scientists from the University of Hawaii announced the successful completion of the experiment, eight insulation, HI-SEAS on the slopes of Mauna Loa, simulate life on a Mars base, according to

«We showed that long-term space expeditions are absolutely possible for us. Of course, there are technical and psychological factors that we have yet to overcome, including using HI-SEAS, but they can be solved, if we can put a lot of effort,» said Laura Lark (Laura Lark), one of the participants of the project.

Experiment HI-SEAS different from many of the insulation research, including the Russian «Mars-500» and a joint project of NASA and the Institute of biomedical problems of RAS, the fact that the members of his «crew» do not simulate a flight to Mars or the moon, and life on the surface in a permanent database. Project participants can leave the base at any time, however, they will have to wear a suit.

Life on the base, it tells the press service of the University, as close as possible to Martian – there is a 20-minute delay in communications with «Earth», the participants of the expedition received water and food only once every few months, and observe all safety measures that can be applied when the database is created by NASA on Mars.

This project is sponsored by NASA for five years, and there have been four expedition to Mars, which lasted from several months to a year. The last such experiment was completed in August 2016, and the current experiment began in late February.

It was attended by four men and two girls who agree to spend in complete isolation from the rest world for eight months. Among them are professional scientists – a biologist, an engineer, a rocket and a specialist in space exploration, and simple volunteers from Google programmer, an engineer from the Boeing company and a freelance writer.

During the current expedition, the scientists have focused on the Autonomous life on Mars and research the surface of the red planet. The results of these experiments, as I hope NASA will help you to prepare for the creation of a real base on Mars or the moon.

As noted by Brian Ramos (Brian Ramos), one of the participants of the project, the real scientific work was one of the most interesting aspects of this experiment, whereby he not just spent eight months in isolation, and I learned a lot and gained useful skills.

The University of Hawaii began preparing for the sixth expedition to the Martian base that will last for eight months. Its scientific goals and objectives will be announced later, when the project experts HI-SEAS will begin the selection of candidates.