Life on Mars: Inside The HI-SEAS Isolation Habitat (Gallery)

Dehydrated Meat

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Food eaten by the HI-SEAS crew had to be "shelf-stable" which mostly means dehydrated. These are various types of dehydrated meat. (They're actually not bad.) Johnston was apparently the best cook among the crew, and said the perfect meatball consists of a blend of sausage and ground beef.

Suiting Up

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Christiane Heinicke helps Tristan Bassingthwaighte get into one of the spacesuits the crewmembers wore to go outside the habitat. First, step into the suit legs, and then put on the top half.

Step Two

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Step two to getting suited up: Have a crewmate zip up the back of the suit.

Step Three

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After putting on shoes, have a crewmate help you put on your faceplate.

Far Out

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Bassingthwaighte goes for a stroll around the habitat.


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This is Cosmo the dog, also known as mission support for HI-SEAS.

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Calla Cofield joined's crew in October 2014. She enjoys writing about black holes, exploding stars, ripples in space-time, science in comic books, and all the mysteries of the cosmos. Prior to joining Calla worked as a freelance writer, with her work appearing in APS News, Symmetry magazine, Scientific American, Nature News, Physics World, and others. From 2010 to 2014 she was a producer for The Physics Central Podcast. Previously, Calla worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (hands down the best office building ever) and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California. Calla studied physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is originally from Sandy, Utah. In 2018, Calla left to join NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory media team where she oversees astronomy, physics, exoplanets and the Cold Atom Lab mission. She has been underground at three of the largest particle accelerators in the world and would really like to know what the heck dark matter is. Contact Calla via: E-Mail – Twitter