NASA is selecting from among applicants to participate as crew members during the first one-year analog mission to a habitat that simulates the pressures of deep space, which will begin in the fall of 2022.
As NASA moves further into the universe, the experience of astronauts will change. In preparation for the real-life challenges of future missions to Mars, NASA will study how passionate people respond to the rigors of long-term Earth simulation.
Known as Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA), the mission series includes three one-year simulations of the surface of Mars based on NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The isotopes will support research to develop methods and techniques to prevent and solve potential problems in future manned spaceflight missions to the Moon and Mars.
Each mission will consist of four crew members in a 3D-printed room measuring 158 square metres, called Mars Dune Alpha. Habitat will simulate challenges important to Mars, including resource constraints, equipment failures, communications delays, and other environmental stresses. Crew missions may include simulating spacewalks, scientific research, use of virtual reality and robotic controls, and communications exchange. NASA begins research on a long-term simulation study for a mission to Mars. The results will provide important scientific data for validating systems and developing solutions.
NASA is looking for healthy, motivated, non-smoking American citizens or permanent residents, ages 30-55 and speak fluent English for effective crew communication and mission control. Crew selection will follow NASA’s standard criteria for aspiring astronauts.
A master’s degree in a STEM field such as engineering, mathematics, biology, physical or computer science from an accredited institution is required, with at least two years of professional experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or a minimum of 1,000 hours piloting an aircraft.
Candidates who have completed two years of work in a PhD program in STEM or have a medical degree or pilot program will also be considered for testing. Additionally, with Four years of professional experience, Applicants who have completed Military Officer Training or a Bachelor of Science in a STEM field may be considered.
The United States was called in to lead man’s return to the Moon for long-term exploration and then send astronauts to Mars and other destinations in deep space.. Through Artemis, NASA will take the next American astronauts to the Moon, Including the first woman and first person of color. On the lunar surface, NASA and its partners will implement new and innovative alliances, technologies, and systems to study and explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. Lessons learned in space and on Earth will prepare NASA for the next big leap: sending astronauts to Mars.
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