Mon. Mar 8th, 2021

Dr. Michaela Musilova is the director of Area Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program, which conducts analog missions to the moon and for scientific analysis at a habitat on the volcano Mauna Loa. Presently, she is in charge of the two-week Valoria 1 and contributed this back to Area.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Commander’s Report for the Valoria 1 Mars Mission at HI-SEAS
2 (Jan. 19, 2021)

Dome candy dome. That’s the title that the majority crews name HI-SEAS — the analog house analysis station in Hawaii. Generally it takes just a few days or even weeks for the to simply accept this station as a house. There are additionally instances when the crew instantly embraces the atmosphere that they’re residing in, despite the fact that it might be on a simulated model of Mars or the moon. The Valoria 1 crew that I am at present on Mars with appears to be accepting this dome-shaped station as their house in a short time. Not solely have they settled into their small crew quarters effectively, they’ve additionally opened up lots as individuals.

Dr. Michaela Musilova coaching the Valoria 1 crew on the best way to handle the life assist techniques contained in the HI-SEAS habitat. (Picture credit score: Courtesy of MaryLiz Bender)

At this time’s dialog matters ranged from future profession prospects, to private physique points and deep romantic relationship discussions. I may barely get any work performed because the crew was on a roll leaping from subject to subject, all whereas exercising, working, cooking and cleansing. I did not need to tear myself away when my obligations have been calling. Whereas we should still must work on discovering an excellent steadiness between spending time collectively and dealing on our particular person tasks, this type of crew bonding so early within the mission is an excellent signal.

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