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NASA Needs You for Its Mars Simulation at the Houston Space Center.

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NASA is in search of four adventurous individuals to join its upcoming yearlong mission in a Mars simulator, part of the agency’s ongoing research for human exploration of the Red Planet. The space agency is currently halfway through the first CHAPEA (Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog) mission and has opened applications for the next four-person team.

The selected participants will live and work in a 3D-printed, 1,700-square-foot facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, known as the Mars Dune Alpha. This mission, set to start in spring 2025, aims to replicate the challenges and conditions of life on Mars, including resource limitations, equipment failures, communication delays, and other environmental stressors.

Activities during the mission will include spacewalks, operating robots, exercising, growing crops, and maintaining the facility. The Mars Dune Alpha facility is designed to closely simulate the conditions future astronauts might face on the Red Planet.

To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents aged between 30 and 55, nonsmokers, and proficient in English. NASA said, they are particularly interested in individuals with a background in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). While a minimum of four years of professional STEM experience is required, candidates must also hold a bachelor’s degree in STEM or have completed military officer training. If the applicant have a medical degree or have done a test pilot program that will be a plus.

If you think you’re the right person, make sure to apply for this cool and exciting chance. To learn more about how to apply, check out NASA’s official application page at https://www.nasa.gov/careers/. This year-long mission lets you be part of important research and development, and you’ll get hands-on experience with the challenges of exploring Mars in the future.

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