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Designing Future Human Space Exploration on Hawaii’s Lava Fields

6 Dec 2017, 17:26 UTC
Designing Future Human Space Exploration on Hawaii’s Lava Fields NASA

On the lava fields of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, a team of NASA researchers and partners have been busy doing science in a most unusual way. They were studying the biology and geology of this remarkable terrain while simulating a realistic mission to the surface of Mars. The conditions were so real that many of the expected challenges of otherworldly exploration were recreated, including a communications delay of several minutes, and limited bandwidth for transmitting data.

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