Team com­pletes Mars sim­u­la­tion

Los Angeles Times - - THE NA­TION -

Six sci­en­tists who lived un­der a dome on the slopes of a dor­mant Hawaii vol­cano for eight months to sim­u­late life on Mars have emerged from iso­la­tion.

The crew stepped out­side the dome that’s 8,000 feet up the slopes of Mauna Loa to feel fresh air on their skin. It­was their first time to leave with­out wear­ing a space­suit.

The sci­en­tists are part of a hu­man-per­for­mance study funded by NASA that tracked how they worked to­gether as a team. They were mon­i­tored by sur­veil­lance cam­eras, body move­ment track­ers and elec­tronic sur­veys.

Crew mem­ber Jocelyn Dunn said it felt great to have the sen­sa­tion of wind on­her skin. She said the first thing she wanted to do was go for a swim.

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