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    HI-SEAS isolation experiment

    created by Erinelizabeth 497 days 21 hours 49 minutes ago

    Category: Science

    HI-SEAS isolation experiment

    Happy hump day Cnet!

    I was taking a look at past winners on the website and reading TenkenNoKaiten's bio. It it, he states that he was doing research in the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation). The purpose is for NASA to study what is required to keep a space flight crew happy and healthy during a mission to Mars.

    The individuals that participate are in isolation between 4 months to 1 year. Would you be able to live removed from the rest of the world for one year? How long would you last? What would you miss the most? Thats the website if you're interested in learning more about it!


    Re: HI-SEAS isolation experiment


    I have heard of that experiment and saw a few of the interviews with the crew members. I personally would not be able to do this! They lived in very small and close quarters. They also didn't seem to have a lot of great options for food.

    I think the longest I would be able to last would probably be one week. It is really hard to say though because I have never done anything like this before. One thing that those crew members can say is that they participated in an experience that not many people get to have.

    Out of everything, I would probably miss normal food the most. Also, I would miss having the freedom to go outside or change my scenery. I also fear that I would get pretty bored.

    Re: HI-SEAS isolation experiment

    Hi Erinelizabeth!

    I've also heard about this and several studies they've done around it. I believe, if being an astronaut was my true passion, that I would be able to stick it out for a year. Even now, if offered compensation I would consider it. The only things I would miss would be my girlfriend and my family. Depending on the terms of the arrangement, I would be up for it if it meant another step closer to my dream.

    I read an article recently about tests and experiments NASA performs for astronaut's health during space travel. One test that they are actually looking for subjects for requires the participant to.. basically live.. on a bed for a year. The compensation was pretty astounding but there were several disclaimers saying it could be miserable. Essentially, they're observing the effects on the human body remaining idle for such a long period of time (or almost idle) From what I understand, you could play games, watch tv, surf the internet.. virtually anything you could normally do sitting on your bed.. I momentarily considered it.