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Testing life on Mars but here on Earth

Sharon Gaudin | April 3, 2014
A six-astronaut crew has begun a four-month "mission" in remote area of Hawaii to investigate how they would interact and survive long-duration space exploration, such as a trip to Mars.

Crew members will provide updates on their mission on Facebook and Twitter .

In February, NASA awarded $1.2 million to the HI-SEAS program to continue its work studying the human factors of long-duration space travels.

Two more missions are planned, one for eight months and the other for a full year.

An earlier Hi-SEAS mission was conducted in 2013 and focused on what astronauts would eat while on Mars.


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