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Visit 'Mars' with me in Space.com's new 'Space Traveler' mini-documentary out now

Have you ever wanted to go to Mars?  

Follow along with me, Space.com senior writer Chelsea Gohd, as I become an analog astronaut in a brand new documentary on Space.com, that premiered today (May 7), which also happens to be National Space Day! 

In the documentary, you will follow me from "Earth" all the way to HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation), a remote research facility on the slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii, as part of the Sensoria M2 mission

Watch the documentary on Space.com's homepage here or on YouTube. You can also find fun extras like clips and highlights over on our social media feeds.

Live updates: Our mission to 'Mars' at the HI-SEAS habitat

More: HI-SEAS' 8-month mock Mars mission in pictures 

This documentary, called "Space Traveler: Chelsea Goes to Mars," shows what it really means to be an analog astronaut. During the two-week mission, I was joined by five crewmates: scientists, artists, communicators and more. We were supported on their Martian journey by Sian Proctor in mission control. Proctor, an analog astronaut many times over, will fly to space for real this fall aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft with the private Inspiration4 mission.

This Friday (May 7), Space.com will premiere a brand new mini-doc "Space Traveler: Chelsea Goes to Mars," about Space.com senior writer Chelsea Gohd's experience as an analog astronaut.  (Image credit: Chelsea Gohd/Space.com)

At HI-SEAS, our crew lived as closely to a "real" space mission as possible for our mission that took place in November, 2020. Throughout the two weeks, they ate only easily stored "Mars food," like dehydrated and freeze-dried options (think dehydrated potatoes that could last 25 years on a shelf); could only go outside during planned spacewalks and in a full spacesuit, and could only communicate with "Earth" through delayed email. 

Analog missions like these allow scientists and researchers to conduct experiments in a unique Mars mission-esque environment and often, institutions like NASA collaborate on research done at analog facilities. At HI-SEAS, "astronauts" also study extreme microscopic life in lava tubes near the habitat, supporting the search for microscopic beyond Earth. 

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Chelsea Gohd

Chelsea Gohd joined Space.com as an intern in the summer of 2018 and returned as a Staff Writer in 2019. After receiving a B.S. in Public Health, she worked as a science communicator at the American Museum of Natural History and even wrote an installation for the museum's permanent Hall of Meteorites. Chelsea has written for publications including Scientific American, Discover Magazine Blog, Astronomy Magazine, Live Science, All That is Interesting, AMNH Microbe Mondays blog, The Daily Targum and Roaring Earth. When not writing, reading or following the latest space and science discoveries, Chelsea is writing music and performing as her alter ego Foxanne (@foxannemusic). You can follow her on Twitter @chelsea_gohd.