Want To Pretend To Live On Mars? For A Whole Year? Apply Now

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To prepare for eventually sending astronauts to Mars, NASA began taking applications Friday for four people to live for a year in Mars Dune Alpha. That’s a 1,700-square-foot Martian habitat, created by a 3D-printer, and inside a building at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The paid volunteers will work a simulated Martian exploration mission complete with spacewalks, limited communications back home, restricted food and resources and equipment failures.

NASA is planning three of these experiments with the first one starting in the fall next year. Food will all be ready-to-eat space food and at the moment there are no windows planned. Some plants will be grown, but not potatoes like in the movie “The Martian.” Damon played stranded astronaut Mark Watney, who survived on spuds.

“We want to understand how humans perform in them,” said lead scientist Grace Douglas. “We are looking at Mars realistic situations.”

The application process opened Friday and they’re not seeking just anybody. The requirements are strict, including a master’s degree in a science, engineering or math field or pilot experience. Only American citizens or permanent U.S. residents are eligible. Applicants have to be between 30 and 55, in good physical health with no dietary issues and not prone to motion sickness.

Read more at AP News.



  1. I’m an illegal immigrant who came to this country illegally with the hope for a better future, but it’s not working out the way I envisioned. So, I’m thinking that Mars Dune Alpha might be the perfect habitat for me. However, I am not a US citizen, which eliminates the possibility of me getting to Mars Dune Alpha legally. So, it looks like I’m gonna have to call that Smuggler again and hire him one more time to get me to my destination.
    P.S. I’ll tell you all how it worked out when I arrive there, so please don’t pester me with trillions of emails asking me all sorts of questions. I’ll post everything here in the comments section, when I arrive at my destination.
    Thanks in advance for your understanding.

  2. >>> Do they have alternate side parking on Mars?

    It doesn’t matter. After you reach your workplace, you push a button, and your car turns into a briefcase.


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