(ORDO NEWS) — NASA’s long-term goal is to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s, but before they get there, they want to pay people to test their capabilities.
A government agency said it was looking for six people to isolate for eight months in Moscow, Russia, to help the space agency understand “the physiological and psychological effects of isolation on humans when preparing moon exploration missions and future missions to Mars.”
No matter how tempting it is to spend eight months in isolation, and even in Moscow, NASA has not found a single candidate. There are a number of requirements that applicants require, including US citizenship, age 30 to 55 years, knowledge of Russian and English, college education, preferably a master’s degree, doctor or doctor of medicine, as well as military service.
“Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and other qualifications may also be eligible candidates,” NASA said in a statement.
NASA also said that there may be different levels of compensation depending on whether a person is associated with NASA, whether he is an employee or a contractor, but did not specify what exactly.
NASA also stated that this study will be used to “study the effects of isolation and concluding in the course of the participants’ work on the overall successful completion of a space mission simulation,” and will also help the agency prepare for space exploration problems and ways to solve related problems.
A similar four-month study was conducted in 2019.
NASA’s plan is to return to the moon in 2024 under the Artemis program, but this schedule can be changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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