NASA is seeking volunteers willing to reside in a simulated Martian environment for one year. The agency is now accepting applications for its second edition of the Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog program, which is scheduled to take place in spring 2025.

The 3D-printed structure simulates a realistic Mars habitat to support long-duration, exploration-class space missions. Source: NASAThe 3D-printed structure simulates a realistic Mars habitat to support long-duration, exploration-class space missions. Source: NASA

The simulated Martian environment can be found at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where four people will reside in a 1,700 sq-ft, 3D-printed habitat. Those selected to participate in the Mars Dune Alpha project will experience the challenges of a mission on Mars, including resource limitations, equipment failures, communication delays and other environmental stressors. Volunteers will also be tasked with simulated spacewalks, robotic operations, habitat maintenance, exercise and crop growth.

Seeking a change of pace or planet? Interested U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are non-smokers, 30 years old to 55 years old, and proficient in English for effective communication between crewmates and mission control must apply by April 2. Candidates must also have master’s degree in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field and two years of professional STEM experience, or 1,000 hours piloting experience.

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