If you’ve ever dreamed of what it would be like to stay on another planet, here’s your chance. Yes, it’s happening for real. Applications are now open to participate as a crew member in NASA’s first one-year simulation of living on Mars.
If selected, you will be one of four people. You will be living and working in a habitat called Mars Dune Alpha at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The mission will begin in fall 2022. And the applications are open through September 17.
This is going to be the first of the three one-year missions called Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog, or CHAPEA. This program will help NASA prepare for the challenges astronauts may face when they finally get to explore the Martian surface.
How can you apply?
NASA is looking for highly motivated people between the ages of 30 and 55 years old who are healthy and don’t smoke. The selection is going to be like the astronaut candidates.
Are there any educational qualifications?
Yes, you need to have a master’s degree in a STEM field. You must also possess at least two years of work experience. Or you must possess at least 1000 hours of piloting an aircraft.
Apart from this, candidates who have completed two years of work toward a doctoral program in STEM or completed a medical degree or a test pilot program will also be considered. Having four years of professional experience will also be considered. If you have completed military officer training or a Bachelor of Science in a STEM field.
Yes, there is compensation for all participants.
Four people and two alternates will be selected for each one-year mission.
What is going to happen in the program?
You will be living in a 1700 square foot habitat which will include separate areas for living and working. The modules will include four private crew quarters, a medical station, common lounge areas, dedicated workstations, and stations for the galley and growing food. As a crew member, you may have to conduct scientific research, use robotic instruments, go on virtually simulated spacewalks. You will be gathering a lot of information. This information will be sued to develop the needed technology for future missions.
Wish you all the best and hope you qualify further for the position!