NASA to train in Hawaii for future Mars missions

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NASA's next stop in the quest to find Martian life: Hawaii.

Researchers partnering with the federal space agency will travel to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to prepare for future manned missions to the Red Planet.

The project, called Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT), will last two weeks. The national park's rough terrain is similar to what astronauts might encounter on Mars.

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Once the teams reach the site, they will figure out new ways to collect biological samples without disturbing the natural bacteria that might live on Mars' surface.

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A Russian Soyuz MS space capsule carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Kate Rubins of the U.S., Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia and Takuya Onishi of Japan, descends near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Russian Soyuz MS space capsule carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Kate Rubins of the U.S., Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia and Takuya Onishi of Japan, descends outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
A Russian Soyuz MS space capsule carrying International Space Station (ISS) crew members Kate Rubins of the U.S., Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia and Takuya Onishi of Japan, lands outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
A Russian Soyuz MS space capsule stands on the ground shortly after its landing with International Space Station (ISS) crew members Kate Rubins of the U.S., Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia and Takuya Onishi of Japan, as a rescue helicopter lands nearby, outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
A Russian Soyuz MS space capsule stands on the ground shortly after its landing with International Space Station (ISS) crew members Kate Rubins of the U.S., Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia and Takuya Onishi of Japan, as a rescue helicopter lands nearby, outside the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Specialists stand around the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule after its landing southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Russian space agency rescue team helps International Space Station (ISS) crew member Kate Rubins of the U.S. to get from the capsule shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Russian space agency rescue team helps International Space Station (ISS) crew member Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia to get from the capsule shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Russian space agency rescue team helps International Space Station (ISS) crew member Takuya Onishi of Japan to get from the capsule shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Specialists help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Takuya Onishi of Japan shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Russian space agency rescue team helps International Space Station (ISS) crew member Kate Rubins of the U.S. to get from the capsule shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
International Space Station (ISS) crew member Takuya Onishi of Japan waves shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Russian space agency rescue team helps International Space Station (ISS) crew member Takuya Onishi of Japan to get from the capsule shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Specialists help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Takuya Onishi of Japan shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
International Space Station (ISS) crew member Kate Rubins of the U.S. calls his relatives shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
International Space Station (ISS) crew member Takuya Onishi of Japan calls his relatives shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
The International Space Station (ISS) crew members Kate Rubins of the U.S., Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia and Takuya Onishi of Japan, surrounded by ground personnel, rest shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Russian space agency rescue team members carry International Space Station (ISS) crew member Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Specialists help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Kate Rubins of the U.S. shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Specialists help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Kate Rubins of the U.S. shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Specialists help International Space Station (ISS) crew member Anatoly Ivanishin of Russia shortly after landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Russian space agency rescue team members carry International Space Station (ISS) crew member Takuya Onishi of Japan shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
Rescue team members carry International Space Station (ISS) crew member Kate Rubins of the U.S. shortly after the landing of the Russian Soyuz MS space capsule near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Dmitri Lovetsky/Pool
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"Really, the whole reason of going to Mars is to see if there's life there," John Hamilton, an astronomer at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, said.

And careful collection is extremely important for prospective Mars missions. If a sample is obtained incorrectly, it could lead to false findings.

NASA had reportedly already developed a prototype tool that can find life and collect clean samples called the Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument.

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While the team is in Hawaii, communication will be delayed up to 15 minutes, replicating the delay between Earth and Mars.

This isn't the only time NASA has sent crews to the Pacific. Another crew spent a whole year in isolation on Hawaii as part of a Mars living simulation.

The team lived in a dome together from August 2015 to August 2016 without fresh food or fresh air. After that mission, one crew member said a Mars mission is very possible, saying, "I think the technological and psychological obstacles can be overcome."

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