Currently living on Mars is not just a dream. Someday the human colony will be sent to the Red Planet. And to realize these desires, currently the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or Hi-Seas is working on a project which sponsored by the US space agency or National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). To provide decent homes for the Earth people that will be staying there.
|An artist's illustration of human colony on the Red Planet. (Picture from: http://wrd.cm/1vH5GiS)|
|The Hi-Seas (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) mission's crews live 8,000 feet (2,440 metres) above sea level in a geodesic-dome habitat on the northern slope of the Mauna Loa volcano. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1p9hSs6)|
|There are six pie-slice-shaped bedrooms for the crewmembers to live in, all adjacent to one another (shown in diagram). This floor is above the ground level and also has a bathroom and an open balcony to below, making the habitat seem big so the crew doesn't feel trapped. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1p9hSs6)|
|Each room has a bed, mattress and a stool. There is space under each bed for clothes to be stored. A 3D printer is also in the habitat to enable the crew to print new tools if they need to. On a future mission to Mars, items like a 3D printer will likely be invaluable as resupply missions will be scarce or non-existent. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1p9hSs6)|
|Pictured here is the kitchen of the Mars habitat. The crew were given access to the same sorts of supplies as would be expected on a future mission to Mars. Throughout the mission, researchers evaluated how the crewmembers cope with the conditions. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1p9hSs6)|
|The crew are not allowed to leave the dome for the duration of the project except for when they do spacewalks (shown). These must be conducted in spacesuits, albeit more primitive versions of the ones that will one day be used on Mars. Spacewalks usually take place with just two or three of the six crewmembers. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1p9hSs6)|
|Nasa's ultimate goal is to take humans to the red planet in the 2030s. In December of this year they will test the Orion module (seen in the centre of the image) for the first time, which will be used to take astronauts out of and back into Earth's atmosphere, as well as to the red planet. (Picture from: http://dailym.ai/1p9hSs6)|
The research will be invaluable in a real mission to the Red Planet, which is expected to take place in the next two decades. The Mars One project aims to send four Marstronot (call for astronauts to Mars) every two years, starting in 2025, until a human colony on Mars that composed of 40 people is formed. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | DAILYMAIL | WIRED]
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