NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is currently looking for non-astronaut individuals to live on Mars. However, this innovation is quite unusual since interested people will not actually live on the Red Planet.
The international space agency announced that applicants will not be launched to outer space. Instead, they will live in a 3D-printed Martian habitat, which is exactly 1,700-square-foot.
This new structure is currently located within a building at Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA also confirmed that the passing applicants will be paid, but the exact amount was not specified.
On the other hand, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration explained that paid volunteers would be required to work inside the stimulated Martian habitat.
They are tasked to complete space missions, which are complete with spacewalk experience. On the other hand, they will also be restricted from outside communication, food, as well as resources. This simply means that they would really live inside the vicinity like professional astronauts.
NASA Wants You To Live on Mars
According to AP News' latest report, NASA opened its application process on Friday, Aug. 6.
"We want to understand how humans perform in them. We are looking at Mars's realistic situations," said Grace Douglas, the current lead scientist of NASA's latest Mars program.
However, it seems like the international space agency is not just looking for space fans. NASA said that you need to have a Master's Degree in engineering, science, or math. On the other hand, they are also accepting those who have pilot experiences.
NASA requirements for 3D-printed Martian habitat isolation
- Possess a master's degree in a STEM field, including engineering, biological science, physical science, computer science, or mathematics, from an accredited institution.
- Have at least two years of related professional experience in a STEM field or at least 1,000 hours pilot-in-command time on jet aircraft.
- Be able to pass the NASA long-duration flight astronaut physical.
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
- Be within the ages of 30-55.
In other news, NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover captured an unusual rock, which is located in the Red Planet's Gale Crater. The international space agency announced that this uncommon rock has small bumps and protruding lumps.
NASA's Application Process
NASA's official blog post explained that applications will undergo psychiatric screening, psychological testing, as well as medical evaluations.
The space agency also confirmed that interested people no longer have to worry about expenses since NASA will pay for all these exams. On the other hand, the selection process could also take around 13 months. You can click this link to know more details.
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Written by: Griffin Davis