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Ready to Embark on a Year-Long Mars Adventure? NASA Wants You!

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX is developing the Starship Super Heavy rocket to send humans to Mars, while NASA is searching for candidates for a Mars colonization mission.

Mars is considered the most likely location for space agencies to establish colonies after the Moon. To prepare for this, NASA is conducting a year-long simulation to give candidates an idea of what life on Mars would be like. This will help the space agency refine its strategies and technologies before they are deployed on the Red Planet.

Ready to Embark on a Year-Long Mars Adventure? NASA Wants You!

The Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA) is conducting a 12-month-long simulation mission where candidates will live in a 3D-printed Mars surface habitat analog known as Mars Dune Alpha. The aim of this mission is to simulate a Mars habitat that can support long-duration, exploration-class space missions. The life in Mars Dune Alpha will closely resemble the expected experience for those living in a future Mars surface habitat. The 3D-printed habitat has been designed to provide separate areas for both living and working.

NASA has announced that three different crews will be selected to live in Mars Dune Alpha for a one-year mission. Each crew will consist of four individuals and two alternates. According to NASA, the analog missions will provide valuable insights and information to assess the space food system as well as physical and behavioral health and performance outcomes for future space missions. 

The habitat, which spans 1,700 square feet, includes four private crew quarters, dedicated workstations, medical stations, common lounge areas, and galley and food growing stations.

NASA has announced that it is looking for applicants who have a strong desire for unique adventures and are interested in contributing to the preparation for the first human journey to Mars. The deadline for applying is April 2, 2024.


The first CHAPEA crew is currently more than halfway through their yearlong mission, and they are using the research gained through the simulated missions to help improve crew health and performance support during Mars expeditions.

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