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HI-SEAS Mission V crew

HI-SEAS crew eating

On September 17, after eight months of isolation in a geodesic dome on the slopes of Mauna Loa, six Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) crew members exited their habitat. They felt the sun and wind on their faces and ate fresh tropical papaya, pineapple and bananas with friends and family.

It’s been a memorable experience for the Mission V crew for a variety of reasons, including having to live with a communications delay, eating mostly shelf-stable foods and having to wear “space suits” outside of the habitat.

The UH Mānoa research project, funded by NASA, will help with the selection of crews for future long-duration space missions, such as a mission to Mars. UH has been operating the long-duration planetary surface simulations in the Mars-like setting to investigate crew composition and cohesion since 2012.

Read more UH News stories about HI-SEAS missions.

HI-SEAS crew exiting a dome on Mauna Loa

Family, friends and the media greeted the HI-SEAS Mission V crew as they exited their home for the last eight months.

HI-SEAS Mission V crew

HI-SEAS family and friends

For more photos, go to UH‘s Flickr site.

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  1. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I really think this resaerch needs more attention and should be used to identify the the stress and environmental impact on students and teachers throughout the UH campuses.
    It can and has been extremely busy and stressful during my time while working and attending classes, assisting on grants, or working for UH of Hawaii.

  2. Hi! First of all, congratulations on the completion of the adventure! I wanted to ask though, since the duration of the test is same as the flight to Mars, but the “astronauts” are able to exit the habitat with a space suit: in real mission, would there be a possibility or even a point to leave the space ship during flight to mars to go for repairs or just a psychological time-out, or would it be too risky? Have there been other experiments for simulating the long flight, along with maintenance and possible malfunctions, not the science that is planned to be made at Mars? I would think that although they are done by same people IRL, they would be somewhat different scenarios in test scenarios.

  3. Most useless effort yet giving no real useful data and wasted a lot of time and effort playing silly games where we knew exactly the results for decades. From people trapped in mines to people in confined environment we saw exactly how humans fail in space before they even tried. Can food? No can food on Mars! Not even self contained the whole thing was equals to a 5th grade experi8ement for children. We see the wrong shape the wrong ways the wrong work the wrong condition… everything about it was a wasted effort and a shame to even try. i can give you the results and it is HUMANS FAILED and so Mars again looks to be for robots and A.i. not for humans.

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