Message to Mars

Buzz Aldrin and Reggie Watts Send Messages to Mars

NASA experiments with virtual reality as a communication tool to combat the negative psychological effects of isolation on astronauts for future missions to Mars. The Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) is a NASA research program simulating planetary surface missions. After initial tests at four and eight months, the program’s most recent “mission” lasted an entire year on a desolate, dormant Hawaiian volcano to simulate life on Mars. Every day, from August 2015 to August 2016, the crew of six prepared food from only shelf stable ingredients, exercised, researched, conducted geological field work carried out by humans or robots, tested equipment, and tracked resource utilization of food, power, and water. ….[READ]