Six people have been selected to live in isolation from the rest of the society in order to simulate how they can survive when living on Mars. The dome is built in Hawaii to simulate the living conditions on Mars and the six dwellers will be present for one year.
The six members have been chosen to live inside the dome, pretending to be on Mars for the next 365 days. The dome created for them is a two storied structure with body movement trackers, cameras and other devices inbuilt to monitor the inmates. This was issued in a statement by the University of Hawaii. The cohesion and dynamics of the people will be studied over time by the researchers. Data will be gathered on their team performance and how their emotional, social and cognitive factors influence their team behavior over time.
The project is designed to help researchers gather information on how to compose a team that will work well for a round trip to Mars and back. The journey to Mars and back will take a period of three years. The crew that has been composed for the dome consist of Christiane Heinicke who is an engineer and physicist, Sheyna Gifford, who is a medical writer, Carmel Johnston, who is a soil scientist, Adnrez Stewart, who is a light aircraft pilot, Tristan Bassingthwaighte who is a candidate for a doctorate in architecture and Cyprien Verseux who is a doctorate student and an astrobiologist.
The crew will stay in a dome where they will share a dining space, a kitchen, an office, a lab and an exercise area. There is a full bathroom with a shower provided on the first floor. The second floor houses a loft space that has six bedrooms, decked with a bed, chair and desk. A powder room is offered on the second floor and a workshop is also present in the dome. The crew felt good on the first day and was in high spirits as they enjoyed their first dinner inside the simulated space. The food items have been dehydrated and their first dinner was turkey and cheese quesadillas as well as corn and peas. Morning sunrise and sunset as well as visuals are replicated to represent life on Mars. The tweets are coming in and people are following their story with much interest. It remains to be seen how their life pans out during the course of 364 days inside the dome, which will define human behavior in a confined space and away from planet Earth.