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UH seeks volunteers for simulated space mission on Mauna Loa

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:26 a.m. HST, Oct 06, 2013

University of Hawaii researchers are looking for volunteers to act as crewmembers for a new series of space exploration analog studies scheduled to take place in an isolated research dome on Mauna Loa.

The studies will test whether group cohesion over the short term predicts team performance over the long term. They will also examine how technical, social and task roles evolve over long-duration missions and establish baselines for a variety of cognitive, social and emotions factors over missions of different durations.

The information gleaned from these studies will assist NASA in understanding how teams of astronauts will perform on long-duration missions such as those required for human travel to Mars.

The studies will be conducted a the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation site located on Mauna Loa. Participants will live in the same geodesic dome habitat previously used for a NASA-funded Mars food study.

Missions will range from four months to 12 months.

Applicants must be between 21 and 65 years of age, tobacco free and able to pass a Class 2 flight physical examination. Applicants must also be fluent in English. The deadline for applications is Nov. 1.

For all full explanation of requirements and instructions for application, please visit http://hi-seas.org.

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kraid808 wrote:
This sounds like a great scenario for the Twilight Zone. An homage to Serling's original episode I Shot an Arrow in the Air. To simulate Mars, all Internet and cell phone connection is blocked to the site. Thus, news about the government shutdown does not reach the participants. Supplies and sanity are running low. Some bureaucrat decides it might be a good simulation to let them endure a few days of panic before pulling them out. Cue a Twilight Zone like ending.
on October 6,2013 | 07:45AM
st1d wrote:
there is a surplus of available people who may volunteer now living in their own habitats in kakaako and surrounding neighborhoods. since food, shelter, and clothing would be provided, and they have the time to spare it would be a perfect matching of needs.
on October 6,2013 | 09:04AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Exactly, as this assignment would be free room and board, without a commitment to work. Then again most homeless people live in a group already and get along so why not just interview those in Kakaako, instead of spending money to go up to Mauna Loa?
on October 6,2013 | 11:12AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I wrote in and volunteered Abercrombie.
on October 6,2013 | 09:35AM
st1d wrote:
not going to make it past the sign "you must be this tall."
on October 6,2013 | 11:49AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
The most famous person I seen in person is Dave Shoji. I seen someone driving a car with license plate Neil-1 or similar in the fast lane of the H-1 East just beyond Makakilo and this was after Neil got elected to Governor. I did not rubberneck though, as I obey the rules of the road. I just tried to ..... Never Mind. Oh yeah: I think I seen Frank Fasi driving his Mayor's Van once.
on October 6,2013 | 01:42PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Are homeless people allowed?
on October 6,2013 | 11:09AM
Kaimiloa wrote:
I think it would be interesting to put Obama, Boehner, Pelosi, and Cruz in there.
on October 6,2013 | 05:23PM
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