NASA is looking for people to participate in a simulation mission to Mars for a year.
The fall of 2022 is scheduled to begin.
The simulation will help NASA study how highly motivated people respond under a long-term terrestrial simulation. The goal is to prepare for some of the challenges ahead in future missions to the Moon and Mars.
“Analog is critical to testing solutions to meet the complex needs of living on the Martian surface,” said Grace Douglas, a senior scientist in NASA’s advanced food technology research at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. . “Simulations on Earth will help us understand and combat the physical and mental challenges that astronauts will have to face before they leave.”
There will be three one-year Mars surface simulations based on NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Each mission will consist of four crew members living in a 1,700-square-meter module called Mars Dune Alpha. It will simulate the challenges of a mission to Mars, including resource constraints, equipment failures, communication delays, and more. Teams can be asked to perform tasks such as space walks, scientific research, use of virtual reality and robotic controls, and exchange of communications.
If you are interested in being part of the mission, NASA is looking for someone who is healthy and motivated. They must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who do not smoke and are between 30 and 55 years old.
A master’s degree in a STEM field such as engineering, math, or biological, physical, or computer science from an accredited institution with at least two years of STEM professional experience or a minimum of 1,000 hours piloting an airplane is required. Candidates who have completed two years of work towards a doctoral program in STEM, or have completed a doctoral degree or a pilot test program will also be considered. In addition, with four years of professional experience, applicants who have completed military officer training or a bachelor of science degree in a STEM field may be considered.
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