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Scientists begin year-long isolation experiment

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 01:08

Six scientists are locking themselves inside a small dome in Hawaii for a year to study the effects of long-term space travel. Sean Carberry reports.

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STORY: Think of it as a new reality show - Big Brother goes to Mars. Six scientists are locking themselves inside a 100 square-foot dome in Mauna Loa, Hawaii for the next year. The team will be under constant surveillance via cameras and body movement trackers, and they can only leave the solar-powered dome in a space suit. This Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS, mission is part of ongoing research into whether something like a manned mission to Mars is possible. Kim Binsted is the team's principle investigator. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Kim Binsted, HI-SEAS CREW MEMBER SAYING: "The main thing that's new about this mission is its sheer length. So as you might imagine, as the group gets to know each other, that whole dynamic changes over time." Andrzej Stewart is the only pilot in the mission. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANDRZEJ STEWART, HI-SEAS CREW MEMBER, SAYING: "I'm gonna miss flying as well. Iʻm gonna be stuck in the ground both feet in the dirt for a whole year." Researchers will monitor the group's physical and emotional behavior for any signs of space madness.

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Scientists begin year-long isolation experiment

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 01:08