NASA crew members set to spend 30 days in isolation
Four NASA crew members are set to spend 30 days in isolation that will simulate a journey to a Near-Earth asteroid.
According to the space agency, "This 30 day mission will help our researchers learn how isolation and close quarters affect individual and group behavior. This study at our Johnson Space Center prepares us for long duration space missions, like a trip to an asteroid or even to Mars."
They'll be living in the Human Research Exploration Analog, where duties will include include raising plants and brine shrimp. They'll also complete a run-through of an emergency scenario where they have to pilot through debris. Oh, and they won't have Internet access.
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NASA notes, "...the four crew members will complete activities similar to what would happen during an outbound transit, on location at the asteroid, and the return transit phases of a mission (just in a bit of an accelerated timeframe)...The crew will also perform virtual spacewalk missions once they reach their destination, where they will inspect the asteroid and collect samples from it. "
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