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A dome on a remote Hawaiian volcano is being transformed from a Mars simulator into the home of mock Moon missions.
The site was once the site of the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) mission, where a crew of six scientists lived in isolation for eight months, carrying on as if they were actually on the red planet.
Hiatus - Crew - Slope - Mauna - Loa
Now, after a brief hiatus, a new crew will be moving into a desolate slope of the Mauna Loa volcano.
The most recent HI-SEAS mission, the Mission VI crew, faced some obstacles just four days after it began in February.
Member - Hospital - Shock - Power - Outage
A crew member was taken to a hospital after they suffered from an electric shock while troubleshooting during a power outage, the Atlantic reported.
The rest of the crew was evacuated and one member ultimately withdrew, causing them to put the program on hold.
Wake - Henk - Rogers - Habitat
In its wake, Henk Rogers, who built the habitat, thought about what to do next.
He decided a Moon simulator would make the most sense.
Canoe - Maui - Lanai - Door - Someone
'I describe it like this: You’ve just invented a canoe and you’re sitting on Maui and you’re looking at Lanai, which is right next door, and someone says, hey, let’s row to England,' Rogers, a Dutch entrepreneur, told the Atlantic.
'I’m saying let’s row to Lanai first. Let’s learn how to live on the moon before we start trying to live on Mars.'
Rogers - Dome - Floors - Furniture - Suits
Since then, Rogers has completely overhauled the dome by installing new floors, putting in new furniture, replacing old astronaut suits and adding an automatic generator, so as to prevent the kind of accident experienced by the crew member in Mission VI.
The first test simulations for the...
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