Are you interested in living in Space? What about Mars?
If so, NASA is making this a reality by way of a space simulator.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is hiring crew members for their first one-year analog mission that will simulate life on Mars. To prepare for real-life challenges in future missions, NASA will study individuals in a Mars-like mock trial on Earth as they complete a series of missions. Those missions will take place at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Four selected applicants will live and work in a 1,700-square-foot module 3D-printed by ICON, known as Mars Dune Alpha.
Simulated challenges such as resource limitations, equipment failure, communication delays, and other environmental stressors will all be tested. Crew members may also be asked to take simulated spacewalks, perform scientific research, use virtual reality & robotic controls, and exchange communications.
NASA wants to hire healthy and motivated U.S. citizens between the ages of 30-55 years old who are proficient in English for effective communication between crew and mission control. A master’s degree in STEM (engineering, mathematics, or biological/physical/computer science) from an accredited institution, two years of STEM work experience, and a minimum of one thousand hours piloting an aircraft are required.
Grace Douglas, the lead scientist for NASA’s Advanced Food Technology research effort at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, advised the following:
“The analog is critical for testing solutions to meet the complex needs of living on the Martian surface. Simulations on Earth will help us understand and counter the physical and mental challenges astronauts will face before they go.”
This is a great opportunity for anyone interested.
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Clark, N. (2021, August 9). NASA Wants You To Spend A Year Simulating Life On Mars, For Science. NPR. https://www.npr.org/2021/08/09/1026104476/nasa-wants-you-to-spend-a-year-simulating-life-on-mars-for-science.
NASA is Recruiting for Yearlong Simulated Mars Mission. NASA. (2021, August 6). https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-is-recruiting-for-yearlong-simulated-mars-mission.