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NASA Crew’s Mars Simulation: Joys and Yearnings of the CHAPEA Crew After Six Months

NASA crew of Mars Dune Alpha, living in isolation in a 3D-printed home at Johnson Space Centre, experienced unintentional damage to a robot during a 378-day Mars simulation.

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NASA Crew’s Mars Simulation: Two men and two women were living in isolation midway through their 378-day experiment in NASA’s unique Mars simulation. The crew of Mars Dune Alpha resides in a 3D-printed home at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston. The habitat was initially intended to mimic Mars conditions. Dr. Nathan Jones made light of his unintentional damage to a robot during an experiment, referring to it as a “traumatic death.”

In order to replicate challenges similar to those on Mars, participants in the Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analogue study (CHAPEA) are isolated. Like with astronauts, one-way contact with the outer world takes twenty minutes. Only friends and relatives can be emailed by crew members.

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NASA Crew’s Mars Simulation

The crew of the simulation travels around Mars, keeps the house in order, cultivates crops, works out, and uses robots. Additionally, the study purposefully creates stressful scenarios like food shortages and equipment failures. The goal of CHAPEA is to publish papers on crew health and performance in conditions similar to those on Mars.

Wearing spacesuits and virtual reality headsets, the team engages in “Marswalks.” The crew uses a robot, drone, and treadmill to assist with their remote habitat exploration.Commander Kelly Haston loves living on Mars and takes pleasure in virtual reality while she is not in the habitat.

Despite their excitement for the project, crew members crave Earthly amenities after six months of confinement. In their spare time, they like playing video games, Texas Hold’em, and board games. The group watches films and TV shows from a small library and has a book club.

The group misses red wine, greenery, seas, and potato chips midway through their 378-day research. They appreciate unusual meals and garden crops even if they don’t have champagne to celebrate the new year. The crew creates a unique and captivating experience in their recreated Martian environment, despite the difficulty, by being positive.

Sweta Bharti
Sweta Bharti
Sweta Bharti is pursuing bachelor's in medicine. She is keen on writing on the trending topics.

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