HI-SEAS Mission V crew preparing to enter Mars simulation habitat

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Kelli Abe Trifonovitch, (808) 228-8108
Director of Communications and Outreach, University of Hawaiʻi System
Kim Binsted, (808) 956-3548
Professor and HI-SEAS Principal Investigator, Information and Computer Sciences
Posted: Nov 30, -0001

HI-SEAS habitat on Mauna Loa from 2015.
HI-SEAS habitat on Mauna Loa from 2015.

The crew has been selected, and research studies confirmed for the 2017 mission of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s Hawai‘i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS).

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on January 19, 2017, six astronaut-like crewmembers will enter a geodesic dome atop Mauna Loa on the island of Hawai‘i as part of an eight-month research study of human behavior and performance. The NASA-funded project aims to help determine the individual and team requirements for long-duration space exploration missions including travel to Mars.

Note:  The University of Hawai‘i UH News will also be distributing a video news release shortly after the crew’s entrance on January 19, 2017. 

For more on this story, including crew bios, go to UH News:  http://www.hawaii.edu/news/2017/01/09/hi-seas-mission-v-crew-preparing-to-enter-mars-simulation-habitat/

Links to HI-SEAS file video and sound

MARS HI-SEAS VNR_Mission 4 EXIT broll and sound: http://bit.ly/2dT1t94

B-roll shot list:

Mission IV crew exit from habitat

4 shots hugging family and friends

1 shot press conference

2 shots of crew eating


Kim Binsted, HI-SEAS principal investigator, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, professor (:14)

“HI-SEAS is an example of international collaborative research hosted and run by the University of Hawai‘i.  So its really exciting to be able to welcome the crew back to Earth and back to Hawai‘i after a year on Mars.”

Tristan Bassingthwaighte, HI-SEAS Mission IV crew member and University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, PhD candidate (:14)

“The UH research going on up here is just super vital when it comes to picking crews, figuring out how people are going to actually work on different kinds of missions, and sort of the human factors element of space travel, colonization, whatever it is you are actually looking at.”

Cyprien Verseux, French HI-SEAS Mission IV crew member (:12)

“I can give you my personal impression which is that a mission to Mars in the close future is realistic. I think the techonological and psychological obstacles can be overcome.”

Christiane Heinicke, German HI-SEAS Mission IV crew member (:14)

“Showing that it works, you can actually get water from the ground that is seemingly dry. It would work on Mars, and the implication is that you would be able to get water on Mars from this little greenhouse construct.”

MARS HI-SEAS VNR_Mission 4: http://bit.ly/2etmHfC

B-roll shot list:

4 shots Mission IV crew entering habitat

1 shot wide of habitat

6 shots of crew activities inside of habitat

2 shots of walking in spacesuit on terrain

3 shots of exterior of habitat