VNR: Moon/Mars mission in progress at HI-SEAS habitatUniversity of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Chief Communications Officer, University of Hawai‘i System
Chief Investigator, HI-SEAS, International Moonbase Alliance
Link to video and sound (details below): https://bit.ly/2Ek0oDw
What: A two-week mission to perform scientific experiments and test technological instruments needed for the future exploration of the Moon or Mars.
Where: The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) habitat on the slopes of Mauna Loa on Hawaiʻi Island.
When: The crew entered the habitat on February 20, 2019. The current mission is scheduled to end on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at noon.
Media interested in covering the crew exit should contact Michaela Musilova, chief investigator, HI-SEAS, firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Higa at (808) 536-2729, (808) 386-6790 or email@example.com.
Who: The crew of six is under the command of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Musilova and the International Moonbase Alliance (IMA).
Other crew members are:
Annelotte Weert—Dutch geologist, master’s student at VU Amsterdam/ILEWG
Benjamin Pothier—French explorer/anthropology researcher, Plymouth University, Explorers Club member and journalist
Josh Burstein—American journalist, host of Last Glimpse
Nityaporn Sirikan—Thai/British/Italian systems engineer at ESA/ILEWG
Sebastian Mulder—Dutch geochemist, master’s student at VU Amsterdam/ILEWG
How: The mission is under the EuroMoonMars initiative, led by the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) of the European Space Agency (ESA), in collaboration with the IMA, European Space Research and Technology Centre, Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam and HI-SEAS.
Why: It is part of a series of projects led by IMA, which is planning on building a moonbase on the Moon and a prototype moonbase on Hawaiʻi Island.
The crew’s research includes geological and drone surveys, lava tube exploration and space technology testing.
They are performing outreach and education, including a research experiment designed by high school students in Slovakia who won a Mission to Mars competition last year organized by Musilova.
The mission control center for these missions is based at the Blue Planet Research laboratory on Hawaiʻi Island that is owned by IMA founder Henk Rogers.
Bernard Foing of ESA and executive director of ILEWG is acting as the space-crew communicator at the mission control center.
VIDEO (Credit: University of Hawai‘i/Michaela Musilova):
BROLL: (1 minute 36 seconds)
0:00-0:06: outside view of the habitat
0:06, 0:24, 3 clips: the crew exploring a lava tube
0:24-0:42, 3 clips: the crew doing research outside of the habitat
0:42-0:54, 2 clips: the crew outside operating a drone
0:54-1:30, 6 clips: cooking in the habitat
1:30-1:36: dining in the habitat
Michaela Musilova, HI-SEAS and International Moonbase Alliance chief investigator (6 seconds)
“I must say it’s been a very good start to the mission, despite various technical problems we’ve had.”
Annelotte Weert, student, Vrije Universiteit (16 seconds)
“I thought it would be an amazing experience to feel how it is like to be an astronaut. Not on Earth, but on the Moon or somewhere else in the universe. And to see how you have to live and how you can do science.”
Nityaporn Sirikan, systems engineer, European Space Agency (16 seconds)
“I joined the crew as a systems engineer and basically to support the crew with all the equipment and devices to prepare them for EVA. Also I’m flying the drones, planning to take aerial pictures of the surrounding areas.”