/ 09 August 2021

On another planet…

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Or at least you could pretend you are if you’re willing to put your hand up to be one of 4 people living for a year in NASA’s Mars Dune Alpha. Yep, it’s time to pivot your desert island plan and reconfigure it for life on Mars – or at least a 160m2 version of the red planet that’s been created by a 3D printer and put inside the space agency’s Houston headquarters. The pitch: there are limited communications with your people back home and restricted food and resources. Just for laughs, there will also be simulated equipment failures. Candidates should have a master’s degree in science, engineering or maths, or pilot experience. And because US immigration authorities aren’t in on the experience, you need to be a US citizen or have the right visa. “Just think how much you’re going to be able to catch up on Netflix,” said former astronaut Chris Hadfield.

Image source: ICON/NASA

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