July 27, 2014
SIMULATION: Volunteers Emerge from Mock Mars Base in Hawaii. “Six volunteers are enjoying their first weekend of freedom after spending four months inside a mock Mars base atop a Hawaiian volcano, all in the name of science. . . . Since late March, the HI-SEAS 2 crew lived in a two-story, 36-foot-wide (11 meters), solar-powered dome situated on the slopes of the shield volcano Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. The team only left the habitat during simulated ‘Marswalks’ and wore mock spacesuits to explore the Marslike environment of Mauna Loa about 8,000 feet above sea level.”
See the simulated-Areonauts talk about their experience here.