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The solar-powered home has six bedrooms, a composting toilet, Wi-Fi with a 20-minute delay, and some seriously strict house rules.
The crew "returns to Earth" Sunday after 365 days in isolation.
Astrobiologist Cyprien Verseux is a member of the one-year Nasa HI-SEAS IV mission. Here, six scientists and engineers live and work in an 11-meter-diameter dome in perfect isolation on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano, in Hawaii.
What do you say during your last few minutes "on Earth"? Things will break. We will not. How I know that I just can't say. I think it's because we prefer to laugh more than we like just about anything else. Even science. Even being astronauts for a year during NASA's longest planned Mars simulation.
It's not quite the red planet, but it's the next best thing.
How efficient is your water recovery/resupply process? I also wonder about laundry. Laundry uses water, and needs a lot of
HI-SEAS, which is funded by NASA and organized by the University of Hawaii at Manoa, conducted its first test at Mauna Loa