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‘The Habitat’ imagines an interplanetary trip

Imagine yourself on Mars. What would that be like? What would you do, how would you live?

That’s the goal behind an experiment taking place in Hawaii, and this podcast is the audio chronicle of this fascinating attempt.

“The Habitat” is a serialized documentary of an experiment into the limits of space travel. Six astronauts have been living on Hawaii’s Manua Loa volcano, isolated and busy with geological field work. Living in a habitat built by NASA and the University of Hawaii, their lives simulate what a long-term mission to Mars might be like – even down to the slow messages between the base and “Earth” that take 20 minutes for an answer.

The experiment

While the astronauts perform experiments, they themselves are experimental subjects. They hope to understand how people cope with being isolated for a long period, how they complete tasks as a team and what kind of crew composition will work best together.

The volunteers are there for a “very real year,” according to the site. Their audio diaries detail their discoveries, their frustrations and their evolving – and devolving – relationships with each other.

“The Habitat” is available in Breaker, Google Play, iHeartRadioiTunesOvercast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and in an RSS feed.

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