NASA Recruiting Adults for Yearlong ‘Mars Surface Simulations’ Mission

by Jonathan Howard

Interest in space exploration is peaking right now. Billionaires are flying into space and racing to the next thing. Now, NASA is looking for adults to participate in a new program. The program will be used to help understand what life on Mars could be like. While participants will be staying on Earth, the program will be important to Mars research.

To prepare for the program, NASA will build a 1700 square foot facility. The module will be 3-D printed and contain four crew members living inside for a year. Crew members will go through various simulations that include failing equipment and more. During the program, participants will also undergo “environmental stressors”.

Although the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is taking applicants, there are qualifications. Those applying should have a degree in STEM, a medical degree, or complete a test pilot program. Applications close on September 17th.

With billionaire projects taking place of NASA missions lately, it is refreshing to see this program. Space travel and exploration are the next frontiers as they say. Jeff Bezos took his Blue Origin rocket into space last month. That was right after Richard Branson rode his Virgin Galactic flight. Applicants for the NASA program will need to be tough. Simulating the worst-case scenarios on Mars cannot be a chill experience.

NASA has been busy lately. In fact, NASA’s focus on Mars only seems to increase. Earlier this year, NASA landed their Perseverance Rover on the surface of Mars. More recently, they have sounded the alarm about an asteroid hurtling towards Earth.

NASA Focuses On Mars

While the focus on Mars has been obvious, the simulations are a big step forward. Knowing how situations might play out will surely save lives in the real deal. Life on Mars is not likely to happen any time soon, but the efforts put in place now will go to help future projects. One of the issues Mars dwellers could face is communications delays and worse. There are more than a few stories in which humans end up stranded on a planet with no way to contact home. The stuff of nightmares.

As NASA prepares for the future of space exploration the fusion with private travel will need to be reconciled. Is there any sort of future where commercial space travel and NASA coexist and work collaboratively? To be fair, NASA sent a man to the moon in 1969 and the billionaires went up to the very edge of space.

While NASA has not sent anyone to space for quite some time, it will only increase in importance. As time goes on. The future of space and life in space will remain a focal point for years to come. The thought of exploring our solar system has intrigued humanity for hundreds of years. That interest isn’t likely to go away any time soon.