Saturday, August 7, 2021

NASA seeks volunteers to undergo simulated Mars conditions

The tests will help investigate methods and technology to solve and avoid potential problems on manned missions to Mars.

NASA opened the application period on Friday for volunteers in the United States who want to participate in simulation exercises of the conditions on the planet Mars, which will take place at one of its centers in Texas.

Starting in the fall of 2022 and over a year, those selected will be subjected to simulations of stress situations in space, which will help to investigate methods and technology that serve to solve and avoid potential problems in manned missions, explained the aerospace agency in his web page.

In total there will be three drills and four volunteers will participate in each one. The experiments will be carried out in a 158 square meter 3D printed housing module.

 In that space, conditions on Mars will be emulated, such as resource limitations, possible equipment failures, communication delays and other environmental factors that can cause stress on a real crew.

Volunteers will also have to participate in alleged spacewalks and carry out scientific research tasks, as well as test virtual reality and robotic controls.

Among the requirements to be a volunteer you must be a US citizen or permanent resident in the US and be a healthy person, non-smoker, between 30 and 55 years old and have a high level of English to be able to communicate effectively.

 Rocks and soil around NASA's Perseverance rover on Sol 3 on the third Martian day of the mission. Perseverance's primary mission on Mars is astrobiology and the search for signs of ancient microbial life, according to NASA. Photo from EFE

NASA also asks for a master's degree in engineering, mathematics, biology, physics or computing from an accredited institution and two years of professional experience in one of these fields, unless you have a thousand-hour flight experience as pilot.

NASA is currently developing the Artemis program that seeks to send the first woman and a man to the lunar surface in 2024, while preparing a manned mission to Mars.

Photo: NASA

Source: EFE

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