"Long-term space travel is absolutely possible," Laura Lark, IT specialist for HI-SEAS V, said in a video. "There are certainly technical challenges to be overcome. There are certainly human factors to be figured out, that’s part of what HI-SEAS is for. But I think that overcoming those challenges is just a matter of effort. We are absolutely capable of it."
After the crew emerged from the HI-SEAS dome at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), they " felt the sun and wind on their faces and ate fresh tropical papaya, pineapple and bananas with friends and family," University of Hawaii officials said in a statement.
"My advice to mission six is say, 'Yes.’" HI-SEAS V health and performance officer Brian Ramos said in the video. "If you have an opportunity whether it’s filming or learning a new science skill or flying the drone, going out to a lava tube, whatever it is, say, "Yes.' Take leadership on things. Honestly, you can come out of here in eight months learning a ton of stuff." [We Visited Mock Mars: Here's What It's Like to Live There]
Ansley Barnard, the engineering officer for HI-SEAS V, also had some advice for future mock Mars missions. "Remember that the toilet systems are also a system and they’re a living system," she said in the video. "So stay in balance with those, let them talk to you, if they smell a certain way or act a certain way they’re trying to tell you something, so listen."
The next HI-SEAS mission, HI-SEAS VI, is scheduled to begin in 2018 and will also last eight months.
Original article on Space.com.
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