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Posted: Monday, July 28th, 2014 10:54 AM HST

Mauna Loa Mars simulation concludes

By 67AM KPUA News

Five astronauts have completed a four-month Mars simulation mission at the 8,200 foot elevation of Mauna Loa designed to study the psychological effects of crew isolation.

The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation crew emerged from their habitat on Friday where they had been housed since March 28. The astronauts ate freeze-dried food and went outside only in spacesuits. Each participant also had a research project that fell in the areas of growing plants, trash-to-energy conversion and the utility of 3-D printed tools. A new eight-month mission is scheduled for October, and a yearlong habitat trial will begin in 2015.



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