Research subjects to emerge from Mars-like habitat after Eight months of isolation

Research subjects to emerge from Mars-like habitat after Eight months of isolation

Six NASA-backed research subjects will emerge from an isolated Mars-like habitat on a Hawaii volcano on coming Sunday, September 17, project managers confirmed. The team of four men and two women entered the isolated Mars-like habitat on a vast plain below the summit of the world's biggest active volcano in January this year as part of a bigger research to find ways to enable humans to survive on the Red Planet.

In the harsh, challenging habitat, they ate mostly freeze-dried, canned food, which included pineapple, mango, papaya, locally grown vegetables as well as homemade egg strata cooked by the project’s scientists.

University of Hawaii professor Kim Binsted, the project’s lead investigator, said, “This is our fifth mission, and we have learned a lot over those five missions. We've learned, for one thing, that conflict, even in the best of teams, is going to arise.”

Their communications with the outside world were subjected to a delay of 20 minute. It may be noted here that signals from Mars also takes 20 minutes to reach to Earth.

U.S. space agency NASA aims to send humans to the Red Planet by the mid of 2030s.

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