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Video: Mars ‘explorers’ emerge from year-long space simulation

University of Hawai‘i News | Crew members exit from their Mars simulation habitat on slopes of Mauna Loa mountain on August 28, 2016

Six scientists have completed a year-long experiment in Hawaii, where they were tasked with simulating everyday life for a crew on a virtual space mission to the planet Mars.

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The participants emerged from a dome on the slopes of Mauna Loa mountain after being subject to isolation for 365 days as part of the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS.

During that time they could go outside only while wearing spacesuits.

Cyprien Verseux, a crew member from France, said the simulation shows that a mission to Mars can succeed.

"I can give you my personal impression, which is that a mission to Mars in the close future is realistic. I think the technological and psychological obstacles can be overcome," Verseux said.

Click on the player above to watch the full video report on the HI-SEAS simulation.

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