August 29, 2015

"Martha Lenio will be the first female commander of a HI-SEAS mission."

BBC A team of Nasa recruits has begun living in a dome near a barren volcano in Hawaii to simulate what life would be like on Mars.

'The isolation experience, which will last a year starting on Friday, will be the longest of its type attempted.

'Experts estimate that a human mission to the Red Planet could take between one and three years.

'The six-strong team will live in close quarters under the dome, without fresh air, fresh food or privacy.

'They closed themselves away at 15:00 local time on Friday (01:00 GMT Saturday).

'A journey outside the dome - which measures only 36ft (11m) in diameter and is 20ft (6m) tall - will require a spacesuit.

'A French astrobiologist, a German physicist and four Americans - a pilot, an architect, a journalist and a soil scientist - make up the Nasa team.'

No comments: