NASA called it the HI-SEAS study-short for the Hawaii Space Exploration analogue and Simulation. It involved locking six researchers in a simulated dome habitat for eight months straight, to see how long it takes for them to go mentally unstable.
Ther rationale for this research was to get help to prepare its astronauts for a lengthy Mars mission in a better way. Moreover the findings of the research led to some really interesting facts.
The most remarkable discovery of the study emphasizes the fact that no matter what men can do, girls can do better. One individual from NASA, who spent four months in a simulation that attempted to replicate life on the Red Planet, says
“Women are better suited for a mission to Mars”.
Karen Greene was one of six people who lived in a simulated Mars camp on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano. Studying the eating and sleeping habits of the six participants, Greene found that:
“The men ate more than the women, yet had a harder time maintaining their weight than the women did. Even though all crew members got the same amount of exercise, the men would burn about 3,000 calories a day while the women burned only about 2,000, Greene said. What’s more, at mealtime, women would opt for smaller portions while hungry men would pile their plates and often go up for seconds.”
Moreover he continued that:
“The calorie requirements of an astronaut matter significantly when planning a mission,” Greene wrote in Slate. “The more food a person needs to maintain her weight on a long space journey, the more food should launch with her. The more food launched, the heavier the payload. The heavier the payload, the more fuel required to blast it into orbit and beyond. The more fuel required, the heavier the rocket becomes, which it in turn requires more fuel to launch.”
It has also been reported that six people will live on the barren planet Mars during a space mission on the Red Planet. The timeline would be around 2030. On the other hand, in 2013, six people were living tucked away from civilization on a volcano in Hawaii, in a small dome to see how that would work out.