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NASA Wants Someone to Pretend to Live on Mars

Morning on Mars, illustration. Rocky landscape on Mars, the fourth planet from the sun and the second smallest in the solar system. Mars is a rocky desert world with no surface water. The atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide and Martian surface temperatures are well below freezing. Both water ice and frozen carbon dioxide form in the coldest regions of Mars. Particles of dust and iron oxide in the thin atmosphere give it a brown-pink-orange colour.

NASA has a new job for space fans.

The agency is taking applications for four people to live for a year in Mars Dune Alpha, which is a 17-hundred-square-foot Martian habitat, created by a 3D-printer.

The habitat is inside Johnson Space Center in Houston and the project will prepare for eventually sending astronauts to Mars.

The paid volunteers will simulate spacewalks, limited communications, restricted food and resources and equipment failures. Only American citizens are eligible and applicants have to be between 30 and 55, in good physical health with no dietary issues and not prone to motion sickness.

Would you want this job?  How much would you want to be paid?


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