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Mauna Loa crew back from ‘Mars’

  • ANNA PACHECO / SPECIAL TO THE STAR ADVERTISER

    Crew member Tristan Bassingthwaighte chose from a variety of breakfast options after exiting the HI-SEAS habitat. No fresh fruit or vegetables were available during the yearlong simulation except for what could be grown inside the habitat.

  • ANNA PACHECO / SPECIAL TO THE STAR ADVERTISER

    The six crew members lived in isolation for a year in a dome-shaped habitat on the slopes of Mauna Loa.

  • ANNA PACHECO / SPECIAL TO THE STAR ADVERTISER

    Sheyna Gifford, center left, medical and safety officer of the NASA-funded Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS, mission, shared a moment Sunday with her husband, Benjamin Philip, after a yearlong stay atop Mauna Loa.

A year ago six volunteers of different nationalities and personalities — some chattier than others, some neater and cleaner — entered a modest dome two-thirds of the way up this desolate volcanic slope, where they had agreed to spend the next 365 days confined together to study potential effects on crews for future missionsto Mars. Read more

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