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NASA seeks 4 people to live in Mars simulator

The space agency will observe how the volunteers would work and live in the simulation
Mars (Photo credit: Bang Media)

NASA is searching for four people to live on a Mars simulation.

The U.S. space agency is seeking volunteers for an experiment that will involve them being locked up for more than a year inside Mars Dune Alpha, a 1,700-square-foot structure at Johnson Space Center in Texas.

The futuristic building is designed to accurately replicate conditions on Mars.

The volunteers will conduct simulated space walks and provide information on their “physical and behavioral health” as they have to cope with isolation and separation from their families.

Each participant will be paid $10 for every waking hour spent inside the base, around $60,000 overall. If, for example, the volunteers stay up for 12 hours a day seven days a week, they would be in the facility for about 71 days.

“The analog mission will be as Mars-realistic as feasible, which may include environmental stressors such as resource limitations, isolation, equipment failure and significant workloads,” NASA said.

“The major crew activities during the analog may consist of simulated spacewalks including virtual reality, communications, crop growth, meal preparation and consumption, exercise, hygiene activities, maintenance work, personal time, science work and sleep,” the space agency said.

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