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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