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Banbury-born engineer completes Mars experiment

A crew member from the fourth Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS mission Credit: University of Hawaii

A team of six crew members have completed a year-long experiment in Hawaii which mimicked life on Mars.

The team, which included Banbury-born aerospace engineer Andrzej Stewart, have lived in a small dome on Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, the closest to a Mars habitat that we can get on Earth.

They have lived without fresh air, fresh food or privacy for 365 days to see the viability of a mission to the Red Planet.

The team emerge from the dome Credit: University of Hawaii

The experiment was a test of the effects of isolation and confined conditions that a three-year-long flight to the red planet would entail.

The Nasa-funded study run by the University of Hawaii is one of the longest of its kind.

Christiane Heinicke, Christiane Heinicke, German HI-SEAS crew member, said: “Showing that it works, you can actually get water from the ground that is seemingly dry. It would work on Mars and the implication is that you would be able to get water on Mars from this little greenhouse construct.”

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

– CYPRIEN VERSEUX, FRENCH HI-SEAS CREW MEMBER