The U.S. Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is looking for volunteers who are ready to live all year round in conditions as close to Martian as possible. The start of the second mission of CHAPEA (Crew Health and Performance Study) is scheduled for spring 2025, applications for participation are accepted until April 2, 2024. This is a paid job, but the amount of remuneration is not disclosed.

The program is open to healthy, motivated U.S. citizens or permanent residents, between the ages of 30 and 55, with a master’s degree, at least two years of experience in the STEM field, pilot experience, and fluency in English. The crew of four will live in strict isolation in a 3D-printed residential module with an area of approximately 158 square meters. m in Houston, Texas.

The duties of the “Martian” colonists include caring for the habitat, personal hygiene, exercise and growing crops, as well as robotic operations and simulating going to the surface of the Red Planet in spacesuits. Also, during their stay, the mission crew will work out solving problems that are quite likely on Mars – delayed communication with Earth, limited resources, equipment failures, etc. It is unlikely to be as spectacular and dangerous as in the movie “The Martian” with Matt Damon, but it will be very close to the real life of the colonists, if they do appear on Mars.

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