NASA Mimics Mars on Earth

Three men and three women have just begun a year-long period of isolation atop Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano in order to test how a mission to Mars might affect the human psyche. Organized by NASA and the University of Hawaii, the long-term test will force the volunteer crew to live as if they’re on the red planet; they’re only allowed to leave their small dome once a week, space suits are required to step outside and communications with the team are delayed in order to mimic the distance between Earth and Mars. Water and food will also be limited to a supply that’s Mars-proof.