Six people including a British man are to emerge from a dome on a remote Hawaii volcano after spending eight months reenacting a mission to Mars.
Samuel Payler, a doctoral candidate at the UK Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh , was among five other researchers who entered the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) habitat on Mauna Loa in January to help Nasa determine the requirements for sending astronauts on long missions, including trips to Mars.
It includes small sleeping quarters for the crew members, a kitchen, laboratory, bathroom and simulated airlock area.
Communication with support crew on the outside world was allowed but a 20-minute delay was imposed on messages to imitate what the reception would be like between Earth and the red planet.
Despite having to wear hazmat suits to explore the outside of the dome and cooking with dehydrated food, the crew appear to have enjoyed the experience.
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