NASA’s year-long Mars simulation on Hawaii ends

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For one year, NASA put a group of six people in a dome without fresh air, fresh food, or privacy, to simulate a Mars mission. The experiment took place on Hawaii and ended today.

While NASA will provide a full account of their experiences soon, the initial takeaway is that living under these same conditions on Mars would be manageable. But that said, living in such close proximity to your roommates gets old fast. In the words of Carmel Johnston, the mission commander, speaking to journalists at a press conference:

It is kind of like having roommates that just are always there and you can never escape them so I’m sure some people can imagine what that is like and if you can’t then just imagine never being able to get away from anybody.