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Ready To Experience Living On Mars! NASA Seeks Applicants; Check Who Can Apply

The volunteer crew will engage in a variety of tasks within the habitat, simulating conditions on Mars. These activities include exercise, robotics, crop growth, habitat maintenance, and simulated spacewalks. Such simulations are crucial for testing and preparing for the hardships of actual space travel.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Feb 19, 2024 07:25 IST
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Ready To Experience Living On Mars
Ready To Experience Living On Mars

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is actively seeking candidates for its upcoming simulated one-year Mars surface mission, known as CHAPEA. Scheduled for launch in spring 2025, this mission plays a crucial role in shaping NASA‘s plans for human exploration of the Red Planet.

Mission overview: CHAPEA mars dune alpha habitat

CHAPEA, the Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog, constitutes the second of three planned ground-based missions. In this endeavor, a four-person volunteer crew will inhabit the Mars Dune Alpha habitat, a 3D-printed structure spanning 1,700 square feet. Located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, this habitat replicates the challenges of a Mars mission, including supply shortages, equipment malfunctions, communication glitches, and other environmental stressors.

Mars Mission – Tasks and challenges

The volunteer crew will engage in a variety of tasks within the habitat, simulating conditions on Mars. These activities include exercise, robotics, crop growth, habitat maintenance, and simulated spacewalks. Such simulations are crucial for testing and preparing for the hardships of actual space travel.

Mars Mission – Who can apply?

NASA is on the lookout for healthy, motivated individuals aged 30-55, who are nonsmokers and fluent in English. Applicants should be enthusiastic about new adventures and committed to supporting NASA’s preparations for the first-ever human mission to Mars. Additionally, candidates must meet standard NASA criteria, including a master’s degree in a STEM field, at least two years of professional STEM experience, or one thousand hours of piloting experience.

Mars Mission – Application deadline

Interested individuals have until April 2, 2024, to submit their applications for consideration. For detailed information and to apply, candidates can visit NASA’s official website at nasa.gov.

Why CHAPEA mission matters

The CHAPEA missions provide essential science data for system validation and the development of solutions for future Red Planet missions. As the first CHAPEA crew reaches the halfway mark of their year-long mission, NASA is utilizing insights gained from these simulations to enhance crew health and performance support for upcoming Mars expeditions. This mission is a crucial step in advancing our understanding and readiness for the challenges of Mars exploration.

First published on: Feb 19, 2024 07:23 AM IST

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