Mission V Crew Complete 8 Months on Simulated ‘Mars’

Six NASA backed research participants spent eight months in a mock Mars habitat to simulate life on the planet. They are studying the effect on astronauts mood and health in the confined space.

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After spending eight months simulating life on Mars on the slopes of a remote Hawaii volcano, six NASA-backed research subjects emerged from their habitat on Sunday.

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This was the fifth mock Mars mission of the NASA-funded HI-SEAS program (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation). The crew are part of a study designed to better understand the psychological impacts a long-term space mission would have on astronauts.

Each participant in the study wore  sensors that measured voice levels and proximity to other people in the habitat. The sensors could sense if people were avoiding one another or socializing normally.

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During the mission, four men and two women lived in isolation from the rest of planet, eating only stored foods and lab-grown vegetables. When communicating with the outside world, they had to deal with a realistic 20-minute delay. Most importantly, space suits were worn outside at all times.

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The next 8-month mission, HI-SEAS VI, is scheduled to begin in 2018.

Elon Musk Previews Full Body Shot of SpaceX’s Spacesuits.

SpaceX reveals their new spacesuits for capsule use and pressurized situations.

Sneak Peaks of the latest SpaceX projects can often be found on Founder Elon Musk’s Twitter page. In his most recent reveal, we glimpsed a closer look at SpaceX’s new spacesuits.

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In previous postings we only saw the top half of the suit, but now we now have the head-to-toe look. Gone are the days of puffy space suits and heavy boots. It’s likely this is just the base of the suit and more accessories will be added as SpaceX moves towards their Mars mission.

The suits are only for use inside the Dragon capsule or transferring to other vehicles where the environment is pressurized, not a long walk in the cold vacuum of space. Rest assured, those suits will be closer to Nasa’s classic space suits we all love and know.

Tesla is Expanding Supercharger Stations in Two More Cities

Tesla announced expansion of its Supercharger network into two major cities. Downtown Chicago and Boston are first up,  according to a post on Tesla’s blog. Chicago will be receiving three new Superchargers by the end of 2017, while Boston will get three by the end of 2018, according to Tesla’s Supercharger map.

Tesla announced Monday that it plans to expand its Supercharger network into city centers.

Downtown Chicago and Boston are first up,  according to a post on Tesla’s blog. Chicago will be receiving three new Superchargers by the end of 2017, while Boston will get three by the end of 2018, according to Tesla’s Supercharger map.

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There are currently 951 Supercharger stations across the U.S. The new expansion is meant to encourage urban adoption and increase sales for those commuting into these urban areas.

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