The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Mars trial in Hawaii dome

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MI­AMI: Six peo­ple are about to shut them­selves in­side a dome in Hawaii for a year, in the long­est US iso­la­tion experiment yet aimed at help­ing NASA pre­pare for a pi­o­neer­ing jour­ney to Mars.

The crew in­cludes a French as­tro­bi­ol­o­gist, a Ger­man physi­cist and four Amer­i­cans – a pi­lot, an ar­chi­tect, a doc­tor-jour­nal­ist and a soil sci­en­tist.

They are based on a bar­ren, north­ern slope of Mauna Loa, liv­ing in­side a dome 11 me­tres across and 6 me­tres high.

They will close them­selves in at 3pm Hawaii time on Fri­day, mark­ing the start to the 12-month mis­sion.

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