NASA presents a “Martian house” for experiments on humans

NASA has presented a house that will be used in the Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA) project. Its goal will be to see if humans can survive on Mars in a completely isolated environment.

New Martian house. Source:

New Martian House

On Tuesday, April 11, NASA presented its environment for existence, simulating conditions in a Martian settlement. It was created in preparation for a series of experiments by Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA). Their goal will be to study the psychological state of people during their stay on Mars.

In fact, we are talking about a hermetically sealed house located inside the giant space agency base in Houston, Texas. It is here the series of three experiments will be conducted, the purpose of which will be to test whether people will be able not to go crazy for a year in a completely isolated environment, in which resources are severely limited.

Each experiment is designed for four participants. The members of the first experimental group have not yet been named. But the agency said that the selection “would meet NASA’s standard criteria for candidates for the position of astronaut,” with an emphasis on scientific, technological, engineering and mathematical experience. 

Inside the house. Source:

In addition, researchers will regularly check the crew’s response to stressful situations, such as restricted access to water or equipment failures. 

In what conditions will the participants of the experiment live

According to NASA representatives, the environment was made using 3D printing. This is another technology that looks promising and which is planned to be tested on Mars. With its help, engineers plan to build a really big house due to extremely limited resources.

Four participants of the experiment will live in a house with an area of 160 square meters. It contains four small relaxation rooms, two showers and a gym. The latter will contain a special treadmill with suspensions, with the help of which a walk on the red planet will be simulated.

Researchers believe that it is precisely such loads that will allow astronauts to keep themselves fit. At the same time, they will have the opportunity to just feel how it is to walk on Mars. For this purpose, a gateway is provided in the residential environment, behind which there is a large room imitating a courtyard covered with red sand.

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