Volunteers wanted for NASA’s simulated yearlong Mars mission

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NASA is on the lookout for adventurers who want to take part in a one-of-a-kind experiment – living on Mars without leaving Earth!

They’re gearing up for the second CHAPEA mission, short for Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog, set to start in spring 2025. This is the second of three ground-based missions aiming to get insights for future trips to the Red Planet.

Imagine spending a whole year in a 3D-printed home that’s just like being on Mars. This house, called Mars Dune Alpha, is tucked away at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

It’s designed to test how people might live and work on Mars, complete with simulated spacewalks, growing crops, fixing equipment, and dealing with the kind of delays in talking to Earth you’d expect millions of miles away in space.

NASA’s looking for four volunteers who are ready for an extraordinary journey without leaving our planet. They’re searching for U.S. citizens or permanent residents between 30-55 years old, who don’t smoke, and are fluent in English to make sure everyone can chat easily.

You should be in good health, keen for an adventure, and eager to help NASA figure out how humans will live on Mars.

If you’re interested, mark your calendar! Applications are open until Tuesday, April 2. But, this isn’t just any application.

NASA wants people with a master’s degree in STEM – think engineering, science, or math – plus two years of work in these fields, or you could be a pilot with a thousand hours of flying under your belt.

Even if you’re halfway through a PhD, have a medical degree, or have been through test pilot school, you could make the cut. And if you’ve got four years of work experience and a bachelor’s degree in STEM, you might also be in the running.

Joining this mission means you’ll be part of something huge, helping NASA plan for real trips to Mars. And yes, they’re paying! Details will come when you get further into the selection process.

This Mars simulation is part of NASA’s bigger dream, the Artemis campaign, aiming to make science and living on the moon a regular thing.

They’re planning to send the first woman and the first person of color to the moon, alongside partners from around the world. And it’s all a big step towards sending humans to Mars, making space the next frontier for discovery and exploration.

Signup page: chapea.nasa.gov/

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