Scientists Finish Year on 'Mars'

6 emerge from dome in Hawaii
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2016 3:13 PM CDT
Scientists Finish Year on 'Mars'
This March 10, 2015 photo provided by the University of Hawaii at Manoa HI-SEAS Human Factors Performance Study shows a dome in which six scientists lived an isolated existence to simulate life on a mission to Mars.   (Neil Scheibelhut/University of Hawaii at Manoa via AP)

Six scientists have completed a yearlong Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome on a Mauna Loa mountain in near isolation and could go outside only while wearing spacesuits. On Sunday, the simulation ended, and the scientists emerged, the AP reports. Kim Binsted, principal investigator for the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), says the researchers are looking forward to getting in the ocean and eating fresh produce and other foods that weren't available in the dome. "I think they will enjoy having a beer as well," Binsted told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald last week.

Binsted says the simulation was the second-longest of its kind after a mission that lasted 520 days in Russia, and the fourth HI-SEAS mission. reports that when communication with the outside world did occur, there was a 20-minute delay reflective of the true communication delay between Earth and Mars. (More Mars stories.)

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