NASA seeks volunteers for yearlong simulated Mars mission

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Space mission on red planet.

NASA is looking for volunteers to participate in a simulated Mars mission in preparation for a future crewed mission to the red planet. The project, known as Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA), aims to study the psychological and health responses of individuals in conditions similar to what astronauts would experience on a deep space mission.

The first group of volunteers entered the 1,700-square-foot simulated Mars environment last year and will stay for a little over a year. Now, NASA is recruiting another set of volunteers to join a future team. Applicants must be healthy, motivated U.S. citizens or permanent residents between the ages of 30-55, proficient in English, and non-smokers. They should have a strong desire for unique adventures and an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission to prepare for the first human journey to Mars.

NASA is specifically looking for individuals with a master’s degree in a STEM field like biology, mathematics, or engineering, or pilots with at least 1,000 hours of piloting experience. The new recruits will enter the CHAPEA habitat in the spring of 2025 and stay for a full year. The role is paid, but it will involve dealing with simulated challenges such as resource limitations, equipment failures, communication delays, and other environmental stressors.

The tasks for crew members will include simulated spacewalks, robotic operations, habitat maintenance, exercise, and crop growth. If you are interested in applying, the deadline is April 2, and you can apply through the CHAPEA website. This unique opportunity allows individuals to contribute to NASA’s research and gain valuable experience in preparation for a future Mars mission.

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