An igloo-looking habitat sits on a volcano’s rocky soil. Six astronauts have been living there isolated for months, doing geologic field work. It takes around twenty minutes for any message to travel between the habitat and Earth.
Except the habitat is on Earth—it’s the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), sitting 8,200 feet above the sea on Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano. NASA and the University of Hawai’i built the habitat in order to simulate what a long-term mission to Mars might be like. A new podcast from Gimlet called The Habitat will cover one team’s year-long journey into HI-SEAS as they work together and get to know one another.
You too can check out what it's like on Mars with our Olympus Mon Space Terrain!
Mars - Olympus Mons Limited Edition