NASA Is Looking For People To Take Part In A Simulated Mars Mission
Fancy going to Mars, kind of? Well, you're in luck, because NASA is looking for a group to take part in a new study.
The Scientific International Research In a Unique terrestrial Station (SIRIUS) is part of a series of studies into the impact of 'long duration' space travel to destinations such as the Moon and Mars on the body.
Sadly, this doesn't mean you will be going to Mars. This piece of research will be carried out over eight months in Moscow, Russia.
However, by taking part, you will go some way to helping mankind get one step closer to the red planet.
Explaining what SIRIUS actually entails, NASA says: "Ever dreamed of what it would be like to be on a long duration spaceflight?
"NASA needs volunteers to assist in learning about the physiological and psychological effects of isolation and confinement on humans to help prepare for missions to the Moon and on to Mars.
"The Human Research Program partners with the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences' ground experimental facility, or NEK, to conduct a series of analog missions as part of the SIRIUS, or Scientific International Research In Unique terrestrial Station in Moscow, Russia."
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Like all projects such as these, there are a few requirements that volunteers have to meet if they wish to apply.
You must be:
- A US citizen
- 30-55 years old
- Successful completion of a modified US Air Force Class III Physical, dental and oral examination, and psychological screening
- Technical skills demonstrated through an advanced educational degree, professional experience or completion of military officer training
- Willing to be confined and isolated for 8-months
- Proficient in the Russian and English languages
This comes a few months after the space agency launched another project looking for people to send to the Moon in just four years time.
Speaking about the recruitment drive, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said: "We're celebrating our 20th year of continuous presence aboard the International Space Station in low-Earth orbit this year, and we're on the verge of sending the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024.
"For the handful of highly talented women and men we will hire to join our diverse astronaut corps, it's an incredible time in human spaceflight to be an astronaut.
"We're asking all eligible Americans if they have what it to takes to apply beginning 2 March."
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