NASA looking for people to live in Mars simulator

People would live in the simulator for a year.

NASA is seeking four people to join its year-long mission in a Mars simulator as part of its research for human exploration of the planet.

Driving the news: The agency is currently conducting the first of three planned CHAPEA missions and is now accepting applications for the next cohort.


  • Participants will live and work in a 3D-printed, 1,700-square-foot facility called the Mars Dune Alpha at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
  • The mission will involve experiencing challenges similar to life on Mars, such as resource limitations, equipment failures, communication delays, and environmental stressors.
  • Activities will include spacewalks, robot operation, exercise, crop cultivation, and facility maintenance.

Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, aged between 30 and 55, nonsmokers, and proficient in English.

  • NASA is primarily seeking candidates with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) experience, including bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees in STEM fields or professional experience in STEM.
  • Medical professionals and those with a test pilot program background also have an opportunity to apply.
  • Specific details about pay will be discussed during the screening process.
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