Living in a dome next to a barren volcano, a team of NASA recruits has begun to simulate what life on Mars would be like. The goal is to see how well the six-strong team will do over a year living in very cramped quarters. And in case you're wondering if you have what it takes, check out NASA's astronaut selection program.
A journey outside the dome - which measures only 36ft (11m) in diameter and is 20ft (6m) tall - will require a spacesuit.
A French astrobiologist, a German physicist and four Americans - a pilot, an architect, a journalist and a soil scientist - make up the Nasa team.
The men and women will each have a small sleeping cot and a desk inside their rooms. Provisions include powdered cheese and canned tuna.
|“These planets are more likely to look like giant eyeballs whose gaze is forever fixed on their host star.”|
|We're Now Entering the Era of Private Space Travel|
|Rosetta Wakes Up a Decade After Launch, Tweets|
|A Diamond the Size of Earth, Floating in Space|
|If the Earth Was 100 Pixels Wide|
|Boston Dynamics' Robot does Parkour|
|“What jobs will be created and what jobs will disappear?”|
|Japanese Robot Serves Ice Cream From Inside a Vending Machine|
|Gira Lab Universal Timer|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“Computer algorithms increasingly control and decide our future.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|Why, Typewriters Are Alive and Well, Thank you|
|“Robots are key to a new wave of local agriculture.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|“Authoritarianism depends upon people getting used to hearing the things that they want to hear.”|
|“Here's a thing about opinions: they're all wrong unless they're mine.”|