NASA is recruiting volunteers for a crew health mission and a performance exploration analog. It will start three times in total, every one year, and similar to previous analog missions, participants will live on Earth in simulated conditions that will have physical, mental and emotional effects on them in space or on another planet. Written by NASA. advertisement Based on index.
The first test will begin in the fall of 2022, and NASA announced on its website that it is waiting for volunteer (American) applicants.
During the test, participants’ Mars conditions will be simulated at the Lyndon Johnson Space Center in Houston. This site is one of the centers of NASA, whose main profile is also the preparation of human spaceflight and related research and development. During the simulation at the space center, the participants will have to solve problems that may arise on the surface during the flight to the moon and Mars and after landing.
They simulate scientific experiments, spacewalks, sample collection, technical failures, use of virtual reality, communication delays, scarce resources (energy, food), etc.
During the one-year probation, four will be closed simultaneously.
Simulated exercises will take place in a 158-square-foot facility made up of 3D-printed units called Mars Dune Alpha.
After testing starting in 2022, the second and third simulations of Mars are expected to begin in 2024 and 2025 at the Johnson Space Center. (A similar experiment was conducted in the past in Tirol, Hawaii, and Oman.)
(In the opening image: Visual design of the planned base with 3D printing.)
Opening photo: ICON / NASA